Separate land commission for plain-land nat’l minorities demanded

New Age Online

National minority people in Rajshahi city on Monday demanded formation of a separate commission for plain-land national minority groups.
Their others demands are formulation of a national commission and stop eviction from national minority people from their lands.
The demands came to a human chain organised by development organisation BROTEE at the Saheb Bazar Zero Point in the city around noon.
At the programme Sachetan Nagarik Committee president Abdus Salam said that the ruling Awami League in its election manifesto (18.1) had pledged to ensure the age-old rights of the indigenous people on their land, water bodies and forests while repealing all laws which are discriminatory towards them.
But this has completely changed in 2011. Now the government says that there are no indigenous people in the country, he said.
`The government does not have the authority to impose any identity on any group of people. We do not accept the government’s stance and denounce it,’ said Kalpana Ray, president of Jatiya Mohila Parishad Rajshahi district.
She also demanded to the government to review the 15th amendment to the constitution to recognise them `as per its election pledge.’
The national minority leaders urged the government also to ensure ethnic minority people’s right to land along with their political, economic and social rights.

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