After Adivasi massacre in Assam faces refugee angst

Guwahati: The terror unleashed by NDFB-S in Assam has made the thousands of people, primarily tea tribe adivasis, to flee their homes and take shelter in the make shift relief camps set up by the state government as refugees. However, instead of providing succour, the pathetic living conditions in the relief camps is proving to be yet another folly that may compound the problems for the government in the near future.

How many people have fled homes and in what condition they are in?
Over one lakh tea tribe adivasis have fled their homes. About 1.01 lakh are in 81 relief camps set up by the state government in Kokrajhar, Gossaigaon, Chirang, Sonitpur and Udalguri while hundreds, unable to reach camps are hiding in the jungles.
According to G Dipak Nag, the president of the All Adivasi Students Association of Assam (AASAA), Delhi-NCR Committee, refugees barely get two square meals a day in relief camps. There are no provisions for pregnant women and lactating mothers who lie on the cold floor. There are no provisions for traumatised children and the elderly.
There are only two doctors to take care of one lakh traumatised people who carry out their duties in shifts from 8am to 10pm.

What the demands of the refugees?
The AASAA demands that apart from longstanding pre-emotive measures, rehabilitation and immediate relief, the adivasis must be provided with Rs 10 lakh each for those who have lost a kin, and Rs5 lakh for each injured. They also demand that a peace committee must be formed and a permanent solution must come out by wiping away terrorists of the NDFB(S) faction. They also demand land rights like Bodos as they have been living in that area as natives for more than one-and-half century.

Has the government paid any attention to them?
For now, union home minister Rajnath Singh understood to have instructed the union home secretary, Anil Goswami to inquire into the matter by arranging visit of officials in the relief camps. He has also asked the Assam government to seek whatever help it needs to solve the problem.

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