Issuing a statement on the purposed formation of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Territorial Council (KAATC), Union Naga Tribes Association stated that any political settlement would be proven fruitful if it does not honour the historical facts.
“No political settlement will prove fruitful if it does not honour or is based on historical facts, especially so in the case of the present Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao areas of Assam where the original settlers are Rengmas, Zeme, and Zeliangrong Nagas,” UNTABA president Hukavi T Yeputhomi and general secretary Imsumongba Pongen said.
The statement comes in a moment when the Govt of India is on talk with Govt of Assam regarding this purported formation of KAATAC.
The UNTABA urged the Centre to go back to history and acknowledge it if its intent is to really bring about a permanent political settlement with any ethnic community in the North East.
To avoid inconveniences and prevent further complications, a separate and distinct boundary line for the Naga Hills District was demarcated and notified in 1875 and the areas under KAATC purely fall within the Naga Hills District including the following Reserve Forests namely; Nambor RF, Daigurung RF, Kaliani RF, Mikir RF, Diphu RF, Rengma RF, Daldali RF, Dhansiri RF, Langting Mupa RF and Lumding RF which were transferred from Naga Hills District to the then Nowgong and Sibsagar districts of Assam, the statement also said.
Towards this end, the Centre should adopt proactive policies so as to review the North East Reorganization Act of 1971 in its entirety and affect necessary amendment so that any political agreement/arrangement can be made with permanency, it added.