Khilonjias of Assam-THE HINDU-18-02-2020

GS Paper - 2

Government Policies & Interventions

The ethnic communities of Assam are opposing to include non-tribal communities in the group of Khilonjia (also known as indigenous) people of the state.

Clause 6 of the Assam Accord (1985) prescribes land and constitutional rights only for the indigenous in Assam.

Currently, Khilonjias comprises of Bodo (the largest plains tribe in the northeast), Deuri, Dimasa, Rabha, Sonowal Kachari, Thengal Kachari and Tiwa.

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