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RU ethnic minority students demand constitutional recognition

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The ethnic minority students formed a human chain on Monday at Rajshahi University (RU) and demanded constitutional recognition of the country’s ‘indigenous people’ and formation of a separate land commission for them.They also demanded declaration of August 09 as indigenous people’s day and the full implementation of the CHT Peace Accord.
Over 150 students under the banner of Adibasi Students Association of Rajshahi University (ASARU) and Pahadi Chhatra Parishad jointly participated in the human chain pressing a four-point demand in front of main entrance gate of the varsity Monday morning.
The ethnic minority students demanded mandatory elementary education in their own languages, allocation of 5 per cent quota for the indigenous students in all public educational institutions and universities, essays on their life and culture in the text books and scholarship for them.
The RU students called on government to ensure constitutional recognition of the indigenous people and ensuring their rights as citizens of the country.
They demanded that the government form a separate land commission for the indigenous people living in plains and hills in order to restitute the lands and resolve land disputes.
The human chain was addressd by ASARU central council president Bibuti Vhuson Mahato, general secretary Dipen Chakma, Pahadi Chhatra Parishad president Monishangkor Chakma, ASARU RU unit president Hemonta Mahato and general secretary Nukul Pahan.
They also demanded a separate chapter in the national women development policy for indigenous women with an aim to empower them. – RU Correspondent

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