Rengma Nagas In Assam
- The Rengma Nagas in Assam has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah demanding an autonomous district council amid a decision by the Central and the State governments to upgrade the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) into a territorial council.
- With the Assam government on verge of inking peace Accord with KarbiAnglong based militant outfits, NSCNIM stated any agreement that victimize the Rengma Nagas would not be acceptable.
- The issue in focus is Karbi Anglong, erstwhile known as Rengma Hills. Rengma Hills are made the victims of aggressive influx of outsiders for vested interests.
- The Rengma Hills was partitioned in 1963 between Assam and Nagaland at the time of creation of Nagaland State.
- The Rengma Naga Peoples’ Council (RNPC), a registered body, said in the memorandum that the Rengmas was the first tribal people in Assam to have encountered the British in 1839, but the existing Rengma Hills was eliminated from the political map of the State and replaced with that of Mikir Hills (now Karbi Anglong) in 1951.
- The Sixth schedule of the Constitution protects tribal populations and provides autonomy to the communities through creation of autonomous development councils that can frame laws on land, public health, agriculture and others. As of now, 10 autonomous councils exist in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram.
- The specified tribal areas are the North Cachar Hills, Karbi Anglong and the Bodoland Territorial Area in Assam. The Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council has 26 seats and elections are due in 2022.
Source : The Hindu