UPDS Gives Ultimatum to Congress District Committee of Karbi Anglong !!

November 1, 2010
Guarantee an ‘Official Declaration’ on Article-244 (A)
from the Government ‘Within a Month’ –
Or Cooperate with UPDS Peace Process! 

These days, the Karbi Anglong District Congress (I) is in a propaganda overdrive, telling people that –
…1. UPDS is demanding “More Power” and not Autonomous State –
2. No support to UPDS if it is retracting from ‘Autonomous State’ – and
3. Congress alone can bring Autonomous State under Article-244 (A), hence support the Congress (I)

Apparently, the DCC (I) claims seem attractive. But the truth is – that in the last forty years, the DCC (I) has neither been able to hold an “Official Talk” with the government on the Autonomous State issue nor could it bring any enhanced power for the people. It is therefore high time that the Congress propaganda is assessed one by one –

The first question that requires a serious thought is -
It would indeed have been credible if Mr. Bhubaneswar Kalita, the APCC (I) president and Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, the AICC (I) president had similarly said what the DCC (I) leaders are claiming. It is clear that only the DCC (I) leaders of Karbi Anglong are crying hoarse, but people who matter most in the national leadership have never ever uttered a word even remotely favoring an Autonomous State. This is on record that Mr. Biren Singh Engti’s over forty-year leadership of Karbi Anglong DCC (I) including a 25-year stint as MP had failed to compel his state and central party leadership to speak even once on Autonomous State; it is even more remote that there will ever be a government assurance on the matter. Now, how many more years are the people of Karbi Anglong supposed to wait on Mr. Engti? Will the patient wait of all these years not come to a naught if Mr. Engti finally declares that he’s quitting politics due old age?

The second question is – Has the UPDS really not demanded Autonomous State?
Every student aspires to score 100% marks in every examination. But if the examiner is content to give below that despite the best efforts of the student, what else could he do? Should the student refuse to accept the marks? The same applies to a farmer as well. He aspires to reap hundred bagfuls of paddy, but despite his efforts if he manages just below that, should he discard his harvest to the rats? Even a fool would not let this happen. Instead, he would carry home the best harvest that was possible and feed his children and try to make merry with his friends and acquaintances. The UPDS has tried to do similarly. The original demand was for a full-fledged statehood, an Autonomous State under Article-244 (A) at the least. Even the ‘Group of Minister’ chairman, Mr. Bhumidhar Burman, while talking to NE-TV on 4th October 2010 in a primetime evening broadcast on the UPDS talks had clearly said that – “What UPDS demanded was for a state within a state, which the government has not accepted and offered an alternative so that their genuine demands can be fulfilled.” Mr. Khorsing Engti, who is also a member of the GoM, has already put his signature supporting the government position. Since 2002, the UPDS has consistently struggled for eight years with all its might. But the party and the government to which Mr. Biren Singh Engti is associated with refused to accede to the demand. UPDS had approached him on several occasions for his cooperation to prevail upon his party leaders in the overall interest of the people, but he did not respond. Who is to blame? It is the UPDS or the Congress and its governments? In 1995, the ASDC did sign a MoU to enhance the autonomy in whatever extent it could; UPDS too is compelled to do likewise so that people of Karbi Anglong may get enhanced autonomy. Because UPDS does not believe in struggle for the sake of struggle, indulging in tax collection, violent confrontation with government forces and harassing innocent people endlessly and thereby forfeit any possibilities of solution, even if partial. Today, people from all walks of life aspire for peace and UPDS thinks it appropriate to respect this overwhelming sentiment.
When Autonomous State of Meghalaya was created, it was given only 61 departments out of 66 from the State List (7th Schedule). When the MoU of 1995 was signed, 30 departments were given to Karbi Anglong. And now, UPDS is making efforts to get the remaining 36 departments. But if anything remained unfulfilled, other organizations are welcome to pursue it. The Autonomous State of our dream shall have to be built in this process – bit by bit. Because, contradicting forces and processes have all but jeopardized our chances to achieve reconciliation and Autonomous State at one attempt. Mere ‘politicking’ has only created more divisions within – whether it be KSA, KCS, political or even armed organizations. The PAPA initiative is our answer to achieve the reconciliation we all aspire, or what else is the alternative where all can unite? Let our efforts not go waste and this is why we humbly appeal to all for cooperation to ensure the peace process between the UPDS and the government. The historic 22nd April 2007 Inglongcherop (Diphu) ‘consultative’ is our guide where it was overwhelmingly resolved to desist from a return to the jungle and continue with the peace process.

The third and final question is: Should we discard the peace process in the hope that ‘Congress will bring Autonomous State’?
In the last 7-8 years, the majority of people have seen supporting this view. Beca…use, the majority of people have voted the Congress to power with the fond hope that the party can indeed deliver this time. Consider this scenario – when the Prime Minister himself is an MP from Assam, it is reasonable to believe that he will listen to the Assam Chief Minister, Mr. Tarun Gogoi, who in turn is a good friend of Mr. Biren Singh Engti. Not only this – Mr. Engti has been in the company of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi whose widow Mrs. Sonia Gandhi is the present president of the AICC (I). And despite the best advantages that Mr. Engti enjoys now, if he fails to get an Autonomous State, he never will. No wonder that people in their majority made a beeline to the Congress, including some top ASDC leaders, to strengthen the party for the cause. But, the wait has become too long and meaningless. Because it was the Congress government that forced UPDS to scale down its demand for Autonomous State. Similar is the case with the DHD. Even the KLNLF is being compelled to do so. But Mr. Biren Singh Engti-MP, Mr. Khorsing Engti-HAD Minister or Mr. Joyram Engleng-CEM – none of them had protested against the government’s pressure tactics. Nor do they have the courage to resign from the party, which is forcing a solution below Article-244 (A). The KAANCHASDCOM has been working only for the Congress since the last twenty-four years, but the organization could do little to elicit from the party any clear-cut statement on the Autonomous State issue. The DCC (I) leadership is treating the KLNLF in the same way. Far from initiating negotiation for ‘Hemprek Kangthim’, the DCC (I) has even failed to resolve issues of ‘designated camp’ and ‘allowances’ to cadres. Now, time is running out for Mr. Biren Singh Engti as his friend Mr. Tarun Gogoi’s term is nearly coming to an end. And there is no certainty that Congress will come back to power the next time and that Mr. Tarun Gogoi will be the Chief Minister again. Now, how can UPDS be expected to discard the peace process and forfeit a settlement basing on flimsy vote-catching gimmick that ‘Congress will bring Autonomous State’?
However, let’s try to work out a solution in the interest of the people of Karbi Anglong. UPDS, therefore, wishes to given the DCC (I) leaders, especially Mr. Biren Singh Engti-MP, a one-month time – from 12th October 2010 to 12th November 2010. This, we feel, is necessary to remove any doubt in public minds that had they been given time, Autonomous State and Article-244 (A) could have been implemented. Because, we are told that Mr. Engti is close to UPA Chairperson Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, that he can convince Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and that Chief Minister Mr. Tarun Gogoi is his friend. If at all ‘Congress is bringing Autonomous State’ and ‘UPDS should not sign the agreement’ – we would like to call upon Mr. Engti to ensure within a month ‘an official declaration by both the State and Union governments that Autonomous State under Article-244 (A) shall be implemented.’ If this is acted upon accordingly, UPDS commits to refrain from signing the agreement now and wait for a settlement that the Congress will sign. And if not, the DCC (I) leadership should have no reasons to jeopardize the UPDS peace process. And if they continue to interfere, it will be considered as a mere ‘political trickery’ aimed to derail the peace process. In order to avoid future controversy, they should also avoid interrupting the peace process and instead extend full cooperation to enhance the chances of upgrading the autonomy. 

Kardom !

On behalf of the
United Peoples’ Democratic Solidarity
(UPDS)
Central Liaison Office, Diphu,
Karbi Anglong.

[Directly Copy Pasted from the Comment given by Sar Akehai Wojaru Mukrang, Jt. Secretary (Political Affair) of UPDS in a discussion in Facebook]


KLNLF to meet Sonia, Singh

August 11, 2010

SARAT SARMA

Sonia Gandhi

Nagaon, Aug. 1: Representatives of the Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF) will meet Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on August 14 on the autonomous state issue.

A team of KLNLF leaders, led by the outfit’s general secretary, Rejek Dera, will reach New Delhi on August 11.

The team will have an official discussion with Centre’s interlocutor P.C. Haldar and a meeting with the MPs from some of the the northeastern states.

“We want to share the common issues of the people of Karbi Anglong with the ‘like-minded’ MPs representing tribal-dominated constituencies of Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. We want their support to our statehood struggle,” Dera said.

“The government offered us that we should sit jointly with the United Peoples’ Democratic Solidarity (UPDS), which is seeking a Karbi Anglong territorial council. This is impossible as our demand is more than a territorial council and we will continue our struggle till our statehood demand is granted. This may either be under Article 244 (A) or Article 3 of the Constitution,” he said.

In June, the militant outfit submitted its charter of demands to the Union home ministry in which it included the statehood issue.

On July 23, KLNLF leadership discussed the statehood demand with P.C. Haldar when he was in Guwahati.

“They (Dispur) asked us to refrain from Article 244 (A) as it is against government’s present policy. But we do not think that our dialogue would proceed without that point,” Dera said.

He said their Delhi visit in August is basically to put pressure on the government for a serious and sympathetic consideration of the matter.

The militant group was formed after a faction of UPDS leadership went for political dialogue with Delhi in August 2001. Initially, it was called the UPDS (anti-talks). In 2003, the organisation was renamed the Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front. On February 11, 412 KLNLF cadres laid down arms in Diphu and demanded a political solution to the hemprek kanthim (self-rule homeland) issue.

“Till now we have the Diphu designated camp. A week back a team visited Parakhowa and Rongmongwe where two more camps would be set up. The selection of these two sites came after the May sitting of the joint monitoring committee. Our demand is five designated camps and remaining two would perhaps be considered after the meeting is held in September,” Dera said.

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Demand of Charter Submitted to the Govt. of India by KLNLF

June 23, 2010

Diphu, June 2010 :  A demand of charter was submitted to the Govt. of India representative Shri P.C Haldar , Interlocator by the KLNLF ( Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front) recently to press their demands for the talk. A copy of the charter of demands as submitted are as follow

To,

P. C. Halder

Interlocutor,

Government of India,

New Delhi-110 001

Subject:- Submission of  “KLNLF Charter of Demand”.

Date: …………/……/2010.

Sir,

Karbi Longri N.C.Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF) has been spearheading the movement for Self Rule in the Hills Areas of Assam Since last 15 years and initiation of political dialogue between KLNLF and the Government of Assam and Government of India for Peaceful Political Settlement of the issue has one again re-established the inalienable rights of the Karbi People for self governance. The very process of present dialogue, we presume, has recognized the following ground realities.

1. The existing arrangement under the sixth schedule of the Constitution of India in the hills areas of Assam is obsolete and unworkable.

2. The urgent need to meet the aspiration of the people of hills areas for self rule under a separate arrangement other than sixth Schedule or so called autonomous council.

3. Peaceful and permanent political settlement is the only way for sustainable peace and development in the region for overall paramount national interest.

It is, in this context, we the KLNLF would like to place the Charter of Demands which is enclosed herewith. These demands can be implemented by suitable constitutional amendment under Article 3 of the Constitution of India and other sub-sequential and consequential rules and provision.

Rupsing Teron                                                     Pradip Terang
General Secretary, KLNLF                          Chairman, KLNLF

Karbi Longri N.C.Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF)

Charter of Demands

Objective: To create Separate Karbi Longri State to be known as Karbi Longri to provide constitutional protection to the most deprived tribe of India and to fulfills economic, educational and linguistic aspirations and the preservation of land-rights, socio-cultural and ethnic identity of the Karbi; and speed up the infrastructure development in Karbi Longri area.

Part –I

Political Demand

1.     A Separate Karbi Longri State (here after in refered to as ‘Karbi Longri’) shall be created comprising of the present Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council District i.e the areas transferred to the Mikir Hills autonomous district by the notification of the Government of Assam No. TAD/R/31/50/149 dated the 13th April, 1951 and such other tribal dominated contiguous areas as specified annexure – I, under Article 3 of the Constitution of India.

2.     Structure, power and function of the Karbi Longri:

(a)   There shall be a Legislature for Karbi Longri which shall consist   of the Governor and the Legislative Assembly.  The total number of seats in the Legislative Assembly shall not be less than 60 seats and shall be reserved for Schedule Tribes. To be filled by persons chosen by direct election. For this purpose the Representation of People Act 43 of 1950 shall be amended.

(b)  There shall be a Council of Ministers with the Chief Minister at the head to aid and advise the Governor in the exercise of his functions in relation to Karbi Longri. The Chief Minister shall be appointed by the Governor and the other Ministers shall be appointed by the Governor on the advice of the Chief Minister, and the Ministers shall hold office during the pleasure of the Governor.  The Council of Ministers shall be collectively responsible to the Legislative Assembly.

(c)   The executive power of Karbi Longri shall extend to all the subject listed in List –II (State list) and List-III (Concurrent list) of the seventh schedule of the constitution of India. Those departments shall be treated as transferred or devolved to the state as inherent departments with full legislative, executive and judiciary power. In addition the Union list of entries 41 and 42 shall be devolved to the State, for these purposes the constitution of India shall be suitably amended.

(d)  The Karbi Longri shall have its own Advocate general.

(e)   The Karbi Longri shall have its own Conduct of Business procedures.

(f)   English shall be the official language of the State till the Karbi Language is developed and recognized as Major Indian Language (M.I.L) in the 8th Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

(g)   Karbi Longri shall be the sole authority in fiscal and policy matters of planning, tax, revenue and finance as contained in Part XII of the Constitution of India.

(h)  Central assistance for Plan fund will be fixed taking note of any residuary gap in resources so as to sustain the approved plan outlay and the pattern of assistance will be as in the case of Special Category State like Mizoram, Nagaland etc.

(i)    The existing Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council constituted under the Sixth Schedule to the constitution of India be retained to act as a nodal agency to percolate developmental work down to the grass root level.

(j)    There shall be High court bench for Administration of Justice.

(k)  The Karbi Longri shall have its own Public Service Commission and Civil Service cadres.

(l)    Karbi Longri shall be entitled to have  another 1(one) seat in the House of the People (Lok sabha)  and one Seat in the Council of State (Rajya Sabha) for which the First Schedule of the Representation of the Peoples’ Act, 1950(43 0f 1950) and the Fourth Schedule of the Indian Constitution shall be suitably amended.

(m) Notwithstanding anything contained in the Constitution, no act of Parliament in respect of -

(i)              Religion or Social practices of the Karbis,

(ii)            Karbi customary Law or procedure,

(iii)          Administration of Civil and Criminal Justice involving decisions according to Karbi customary Law, Ownership and transfer of land and also utilization of its mineral resources

shall be apply to the State of Karbi Longri unless the Legislative Assembly of

Karbi Longri by a resolution so decides.

n. Karbi inhabited areas of Ribhoi District of Meghalaya and Amri Karbi inhabited

areas of Kamrup District of Assam shall be brought under the Administration of

Karbi Longri.

o. Karbis living outside Karbi Longri i.e. Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Meghalaya

shall be recognized as Schedule Tribe (Hills) and a Development Council shall be

created for Karbi Living in Tribal Belt and Block of Assam in Sonitpur District,

Nagaon District, Morigaon District and Cachar District.

Part – II

Other Economic

1.     For Infrastructure Development in Karbi Longri and construction of Karbi Longri Capital complex at Inglongpo (Singhason) the Government of India shall sanction Rs.5,000 Crores  approx. as one time lump sum grant.

2.     The Union Public Service Commission shall exempt candidates of Schedule Tribes (Hills) of  Karbi Longri from Major Indian Language (MIL) compulsory paper and shall receive the same concession as enjoyed by other hills state of Meghalaya, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland etc. for this purpose relevant UPSC Act. shall be suitably amended

3.     Karbi Longri Shall be re-organized in to Five revenue and administrative districts namely: Lumbajong District with Headquarters at Diphu, Jiroi District with Headquarters at Dongmukak, Nilip District with Headquarters at Chokihola, Amri-Chinthong District with Headquarters at Hamren and Rongkhang District with Headquarters at Dongkamukam and 14 civil sub-divisions  with headquarters at Diphu, Dilai, Disobai, Langlokso, Donghap, Jirikindeng, Punja Borpathar, Rongmongve, Hanjanglangso, Khanduli, Ampanai, Menmiji, Dolamara and Rongjangphong.

4.     Establishment of Central University, National Institute of Technology, Central funded Medical College, India Institute of Management (IIM) in Karbi Longri. Till the Commission of these institutions, government of India shall consider for reservation of Seats for Students from Karbi Longri at different Central Technical Institution, like Medical, IIT and IIM in India.

5.     To develop the Karbi Language, the 8th schedule of the constitution of India shall be amended to include Karbi Language in the list of the National Language.

6.     Relief & Rehabilitation

a.     The KLNLF join the national mainstream and shun the path of violence in the interest of peace and development. After the formation of the interim government of Karbi Longri. The KLNLF will dissolve itself as an organization after swearing-in of the interim government. Central Government and the State Government of Karbi Longri would provide full support to relief and rehabilitation of the members of KLNLF and shall be considered for joining the Arms Forces by the government of India. Those cadres who are not absorbed to any government services shall be paid an amount of Rs. 10 lakhs as one time grant by the Government of India, in addition the State Government shall paid a monthly pension of Rs. 15000/ (fixed) per month to those cadres.

b.     Grant of general amnesty to all Cadres and leaders of KLNLF and it sympathizers and withdrawal of criminal cases against such persons and those related to Karbi movement since 1993.

c.     To increase their representation of Karbi youth in the Arms Forces the Government of India Shall consider to raise a Karbi Regiment

d.     Special Rehabilitation Programme for the people affected by ethnic disturbances in Karbi Longri who are at present living at relief camps. Necessary funds for their rehabilitation shall be provided by the Government of India.

Submitted By

Pradip Terang                                           Rupsing Teron
Chairman, KLNLF                                 General Secretary,KLNLF

18th Central Karbi Dehal Rongker Utsav,2010 underway.

February 15, 2010

All The Bangthe of the Karbi Bangthe Asem of the Plain Karbis recieving blessing from the Head Priest during the Birkilut Ritual of the 18th Central Karbi Dehal Rongker Utsav,2010 at Dholbama, Gurchuk, Guwahati.

Sri Jagatsing Ingty, MLA, Bokajan Constituency inaugurated the Cultural Competition during the Dehal Rongker Utsav of Plain Karbis at Guwahati


February 3, 2010

A woman with her children at a special convention of Asam Sahitya Sabha at Baithalangso in Karbi Anglong on Tuesday. Picture by Eastern Projections


KLNLF to give up arms on February 11

February 3, 2010

DIPHU, Feb 2:  Another Karbi militant group active in the hill district of Assam ,the Karbi Longri N.C. Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF), which had a track record of targeting Hindi-speaking people in Karbi Anglong district, will be publicly decommissioning its arms here on February 11 with nearly 400 of its cadres slated to surrender, official sources said today.

The KLNLF has begun the process for arms decommissioning and collecting the arms from their various camps as per the Central guidelines for holding peace talks. At least 400 cadres with assorted arms and ammunition of AK-47, AK-56 and carbines are expected to surrender on that day at the Kasa stadium here, the sources said. The KLNLF had started its peace process in 2009 after its declared unilateral ceasefire in January that year.

KLNLF general secretary Thong Teron told PTI that his outfit had decided to go for the peace process as their 15-year-old “self-rule revolution” had aggravated the situation in the district.

Instead, they wanted to solve their problem politically, Teron said.

Also regretting killing Hindi-speaking people during their fight for their demand, he said, a series of peace meetings were held with the Hindi-speaking people and hoped they would help in the peace process. PTI

Further the banned Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF) on Monday said that they were open for immediate talks with the Centre but demanded that Union Home Minister P Chidambaram should be present.

KLNLF’s publicity secretary Razak Dera said the outfit’s members, who were for a separate Karbi state, would not surrender but only deposit their arms.

The outfit’s general council had ratified the decision to hold talks with the Centre to end the insurgency problem afflicting the hill district of Karbi Anglong, he said. “The presence of the Union home minister was essential. He will learn about the problems faced by the people when he will visit here,”   he said.

The outfit demanded that at least five designated camps have to be opened by the government to house the ultras who have deposited their arms. PTI


9 killed in Assam accidents

January 28, 2010

Nagaon, Jan. 27: Nine persons were killed and 20 others seriously injured in two road accidents that took place in Karbi Anglong district bordering Nagaon today.

The first mishap occurred at Doboka in the Pub Jaroni area under Morajhar police station around 8am. Two persons, Abdul Karim and Rahimuddin, died on the spot while five others, including the driver, were seriously injured when a Doboka-bound Tata Sumo lost control and dashed against a culvert.

“Karim died at the Doboka community health centre while undergoing treatment while Rahimuddin succumbed to his injuries on the way to Nagaon civil hospital,” said Morajhar officer-in-charge A. Roy.

An hour later, an Umrangsu-bound overloaded Tata Sumo lost control and fell into a pond at Kheroni in the district around 9am.

Kheroni police said seven passengers who were travelling on top of the vehicle died, while the 15 who were inside the Sumo were injured. Of them, the condition of one is very critical. He has been admitted to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital.

The driver and conductor of the Sumo fled the spot.

“The accident occurred because of reckless driving, passenger overloading and bad road condition,” said a source in Kheroni police.

“This was the first vehicle of the day leaving Lanka for Umrongso. Given the deplorable condition of roads, the vehicle with 24 persons on board (against its capacity of nine), was inviting danger,” said Ramnath Chauhan, a resident of Kheroni Mailo


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