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All Assam Ahom Association Renews Call For ST Status At Annual Jorhat Conference

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HT Correspondent

JORHAT, Dec 10: All Assam Ahom Association on Saturday reiterated its demand for granting Scheduled Tribe (ST) status to the Ahom community.

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At the annual conference of the Jorhat district unit held at the Joya Bhawan of Tai Ahom Sanskriti Sangrakshan and Siksha Bikash Samiti on Sunday, Central Committee president Uma Kanta Konwar, speaking as the chief guest, renewed the demand for including the Ahom community in the ST category.

A functionary of the Jorhat district unit mentioned that Konwar emphasized the long-standing demand for the inclusion of Ahoms, a major ethnic group in the state, in the ST category, adding, “The organization commits to pursuing this demand”.

Konwar, urging the preservation of Ahom traditions and culture, emphasized the involvement of the All Assam Ahom Association in such initiatives and called upon the community leaders to participate actively.

He also paid tribute to Padmanath Gohain Boruah, the founder President of the 130-year-old All Assam Ahom Association.

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In the open meeting presided over by Jorhat district unit president Pulin Phukan, the general secretary of the central committee, Pranjal Rajkonwar, graced the occasion as a special guest along with several office-bearers of the central committee. Rajkonwar delivered a speech during the session.

During the meeting, a new 40-member committee for the Jorhat district unit of the All Assam Ahom Sabha was formed for the next three years. Pulin Phukan was elected as president, Ghaneshyam Gogoi as general secretary, and Dibyadhar Gogoi as treasurer.

Tributes were offered to Padmanath Gohain Boruah and Swargadeo Chaolung Siu-Ka-Pha, the founder of the Ahom kingdom in Assam, by lighting lamps.

The general secretary of the Jorhat district unit, Ghaneshyam Gogoi, explained the objectives of the program, and in the morning, the flag was hoisted by the president of the Jorhat district unit, Pulin Phukan. The day-long program began with a rendition of Ai Ching Lao, a traditional Tai Ahom prayer performed by members of Joya Romoni Sora.

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