Morans demand ST status in Assam

TINSUKIA :The Morans of the Northeast, want to be recognised as a scehdulad tribe and receive benefits from the government. Thousands of people from the Moran community, under the banners of its six organisations – All Moran Students’ Union, Asom Moran Sabha, Moran Jatiya Mahila Parishad, Moran Kala Sanskriti Bikash Kendra, Moran Jatiya Karmachari Saikshik Bikash Mancha and Moran Sahitya Sabha – staged a cultural protest rally here recently to press their demand.

The cultural rally with the protesters in their traditional attire started from Na Pukhuri and proceeded to the Chaliha Nagar field via AT Road, Tinkonia, GNB Road, Debipukhuri Road, etc.

The protesters demanded that Morans, one of the aboriginal ethnic groups of the Northeast should be included in the scheduled tribe list, besides be given the autonomous status as per the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

They also alleged that in spite of being one of oldest communities of the region, the Government of India had not given any importance to the Morans in the post-Independence period for which the community is facing extinction in all aspects.

The protesters alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was playing with the sentiments of the Moran community for their political gains and warned that the community would not tolerate it and would thwart any conspiracy against the community.

MORAN TRIBE: The Morans are a tribal group of Mongol origin who live in the Northeastern districts of Assam, though there are some in the Indian State of Arunachal Pradesh (north of Assam). It is believed they migrated from the Hukong Valley in upper Burma into Assam long before the Ahom came to Assam. Over time they moved from centres on the eastern edge of Assam,

then to the Brahmaputra River and thence north to where they are found in numbers today in Tinsukia District but there are families of Morans who chose to stay in some of the early centres of Namrup, Sivsagar,Moran and Moranhat, Dibrgarh and Tinsukia.

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