Mising orgs in Assam observe ‘Demand Day’

JONAI (Assam), May 5: The Takam Mising Porin Kebang (TMPK) and its allied organizations observed its ‘Demand Day’ on Saturday.
The TMPK observes 5 May as Demand Day in support of its charter of demands, including inclusion of Mising Autonomous Council (MAC) in the sixth schedule, proper rehabilitation measure for the evicted Mising families at Laika-Dodhiya in Tinsukia district, conducting land survey and settlement to tribal families, early settlement of Assam-Arunachal boundary dispute and renaming Bogibeel bridge after martyr Komola Miri.
Their demands also include declaration of flood and erosion as national problem, protection of land in tribal belts and blocks from non-bonafide occupation, establishment of a nursing school at Jonai sub-division in Dhemaji district, early functioning of academic activities in Jonai Campus of Tezpur University and grant wildlife status to Poba Reserve Forest at Jonai.
Several hundred members of TMPK, Mising Mimag Kebang and Takam Mising Mime Kebang (women) took out a procession in and around Jonai town, shouted slogans in support of their pending demands. They also staged dharna in front of Jonai SDO office and submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal through the SDO (Civil).
Report from Tinsukia said several hundred TMPK, MMK and TMMK members staged a sit-in demonstration in front of the Tinsukia DC’s office on Saturday.
The protesters cautioned the authority of rigorous movement against the state government’s alleged indifferent attitude towards 500 homeless families, who were evicted from Dibru Saikuwa Nationa Park in Tinsukia district.
As per report, hundreds of members of the protesting organizations observed ‘Demand Day’ with dharna and submission of memorandum to the state government in front of the administrative offices in 10 Mising populated districts, including Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Tinsukai, Majuli, Dibrugarh, Sivsagar, Jorhat, Golaghat and Kamrup (Guwahati) of Assam.
It may be recalled that the TMPK earlier placed its 14-point charter of demand to then Chief Minister of Assam, Hiteswar Saikia on 5 May, 1984. But, allegedly, the government is not showing interest in solving the problems till date.