Tura, Mar 14: Angered at the neglect shown by the Assam state government towards the Garo community, the All Achik Youth Federation (AAYF) – Assam Zone has asked for the state government to hand over development of the community to the state of Meghalaya.
“On March 11, the state government of Assam has created regularized posts for Assamese, Hmar and Hindi but no post for Garo medium teachers. We want to ask why this happened. Our contractual teachers have a term of five years and their contracts will be invalid next year. The government however has not created the post for Garo category and we are not happy,” said the NGO’s president, Crossbell Marak.
The NGO blamed the state government for continually neglecting the demands of the community adding that if the state did not want to look after the community, they might as well allow the state of Meghalaya to take care of the community.
“They continually neglect us and we want to ask the state government that if they don’t want to take responsibility for the Garo community, then include us with the nearest state with Meghalaya,” added Marak.
The NGO further alluded to the demand for the creation of a separate Garo Autonomous Council though the government has still not declared one.
“We are the indigenous tribals of Assam and we belong to Assam. However if the government does not take responsibility for the Garo tribe then we will take steps to include Garo villages to Meghalaya,” he stated while requesting for the creation of category wise posts for all communities.