Khasis from Assam seeks Conrad’s help for creating ‘development council’

SHILLONG, Dec 2: The Cachar based Khasi-Jaintia Development Council Demand Committee (KJCDC) today met, Meghalaya Chief Minister, Conrad K. Sangma to seek his help for the longstanding pending demand for creation of ‘Khasi-Jaintia Development Council’, in Assam.

In a memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister, the KJCDC said that the matter for creation of Khasi Jaintia Development Council, in Assam have been taken-up by the previous Congress Government and the same have also been placed at the Assam state level Cabinet Sub-Committee held on January 7, 2015.

In a letter submitted to Sangma, the Cachar based organisation urged him to initiate measures with counterpart and Chief Minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal to consider the demand for creation of ‘Khasi-Jaintia Development Council’.

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs had on December 15, 2014 directed the then Commissioner & Secretary Department of Welfare Plain Tribes and Backward Classes (WPT&BC), government of Assam, to take appropriate action for creation of the said ‘Khasi-Jaintia Development Council’.

“But the then State government have turn their deaf ears to our longstanding legitimate demands in addressing and promoting our socio-economic, education, ethnic and cultural grievances to provide maximum participation in advancement within the framework of the Constitution of India,” the KJCDC said.

The KJCD said that despite having all the historical primitive trades’ characteristic and traditional customary practices that existed since the 18th century to date.

“Our tribe/community is still being neglected, deprived for which our existence was indeed very deplorable, pitiable and at sub-standard conditions, lacking behind from many basic amenities of livelihood, where developmental schemes and cultural upliftment hardly or rarely is being benefited by our tribe/community,” the KJCDC said.