TMPK Press Release on Eviction of Mising People from Guwahati

Pic-TMPK and Various Mising organizations protesting with the evicted Mising people

The Mising national organizations Takam Mising Porin Kébang (TMPK) (All Mising Students’ Union) , Mising Mimag Kébang (MMK) (Mising Action Committee), Takam Mising Mimé Kébang (TMMK) ( All Mising Women’s Front) strongly oppose  the ongoing eviction drive in the indigenous tribal villages that is being carried by government authorities in the contentious boundary of Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary in Khanapara and Panjabari areas of Guwahati city. The Mising organizations condemned the merciless eviction drive on the indigenous tribal people in Guwahati without looking at the humanitarian angle who settled for two decades from flood and erosion affected places of various districts such as Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Majuli and Biswanath of Assam. Perennial flood has eroded large tracts of agriculture land as well as human habitat rendering landless and homeless Mising-inhabited areas which has pushed indigenous people to urban areas like Guwahati in search of settlement and livelihood for survival space. Floods and erosion has not only devastated the tribal habitats in Assam but has faced systematic negligence and their problems have been overlooked by successive government and policy makers. Tribals in Assam (Specially Misings or Miri)  have been victims of natural calamities (flood, erosions)  induced internally displaced persons (IDP).

The TMPK, MMK, and TMMK, therefore, request the concerned authorities of the state government of Assam, the Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma to urgently intervene and stop the on-going eviction drive being carried out in Khanapara and Panjabari areas. The Mising national organizations also demand early rehabilitation of food and erosion affected people of Laika and Dhodia (of Dibru-Saikhowa National Park);  Dhemaji, Dhakuakhana, Majuli, Luhitmukh (of Biswanath district) who have been rendered homeless and landless with no alternative for livelihood access.

The tribal belts and blocks under Assam Land Regulation Act, 1886 have been encroached upon by non-tribals and doubtful citizens. The Mising national organizations demand that the government must take immediate steps to secure the tribal belts and blocks to free from encroachers.

The Mising national organizations also condemns the non-government organizations (NGO) unfounded attempt to disrupt the helpless tribal lives in the name of protecting wildlife conservation without studying the ground realities affecting indigenous tribals of Assam. We would like remind those biased conservation NGOs about the contributions made by prominent Mising personalities like Mahi Chandra Miri whose efforts in the British colonial period led to protection of current world famous Kaziranga National Park and the Jadav Payeng,  the acclaimed independent conservationist , the “Forest Man of India”  in the  history of protection of forest and environment.

Issued by Takam Mising Porin Kebang (TMPK) Central Committee ; TMPK Guwahati City Committee,; Ruwad Nagar Development; Devanagar Development Committee; Donyi Polo Development Committee; Kangkang Nagar Development Committee ( Panjabari and Khanapara, Guwahati), August 27, 2017, Guwahati.

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