Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma met with representatives of Tai Ahom community organizations, including members of the All Tai Ahom Students’ Union, Tai Ahom Yuba Parishad Assam, Purbanchal Tai Sahitya Sabha,
All Assam Ahom Sabha, and Mohan Deudhai Bilung Sanmilan, today at Assam Administrative Staff College to discuss issues affecting the community.
To preserve the culture
The State Government will establish a Tai Language Teaching Centre, according to the Chief Minister, to preserve and popularise the language.
According to the statement, Ahoms will be given protected class status in Assam’s tribal blocks and belts.
He stated that Sukapha Samannway Kshetra in Jorhat would be transformed into a major tourist attraction, with all work completed in two years. He announced the construction of a Tai Museum in Joysagar and a Joymoti Museum in the Rang Ghar premises in Sivasagar.
He further stated that the Asom Darshan scheme will protect and promote all Ahom religious sites and that the Sukapha monument will be built at Janata Bhawan in Guwahati.
According to the Chief Minister, the Rs. 125 crores pledged to the Tai Ahom Development Council will be released by November 30. He suggested that the fund should be used to preserve the community’s lesser-known historic landmarks and monuments. He stated that the plan to establish Swargadeo Sukapha University would be reviewed.
The CM asked Tai Ahom organizations and Tribal Sangha members to participate in a dialogue about ST status to resolve issues and move forward.
The Chief Minister stated that the Assamese indigenous people must remain united to preserve Sukapha’s Assam from infiltrators.
Another meeting was held with leaders of Matak community organizations, including members of the Matak Autonomous Council, Sodou Axom Matak Sanmilan, Sodou Axom Matak Yuva-Chatra Sanmilan, and Sodou Axom Matak Mahila Parishad, to address community challenges and ideas for holistic development.
According to the Chief Minister, Sodou Asom Matak Sanmilan will be the sole authority responsible for issuing OBC certificates to members of the community.
According to the Chief Minister, a committee of ministers from several departments would be formed to determine the amount of Matak community reservation at educational institutions.
The Chief Minister promised that land-related concerns affecting the community would be resolved in a timely and transparent way under Mission Basundhara.
The Chief Minister further stated that the State government has agreed in principle to send a report to the Central government to provide ST status to the Matak people.
The state government, according to the Chief Minister, would take steps to enhance the Matak Development Council. He stated that the Rs. 25 crores that had been pledged to the Council would be released by November 30. More funding would be allocated later, based on usage and project requests.
He promised to provide land for the construction of a Matak Bhawan in Guwahati, to clear encroachment from the Mayamora Satra, to protect the community’s monuments and historical sites, and to make the Aniruddha Dev Seat at Dibrugarh University operational as soon as possible.
The Chief Minister asked Matak organizations to work on promoting education throughout the community and inspire educated Matak adolescents to contribute to the growth of the community.
About Tai Ahom
The Ahom, also known as the Tai-Ahom, is an ethnic and indigenous group of people that live in the Indian states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
From the 13th century until the introduction of British authority in 1838, the Ahom tribe governed much of Assam. During the time of King Rudra Singh (1696–1714), their power in Assam reached its pinnacle. In the early century AD, they began migrating from the Chinese province of Yunnan to Indochina and northern Myanmar (Burma). However, their mother language has become extinct, and they now speak Assamese.