DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEWLY FORMED DEVELOPMENT COUNCILS
Congress party has always believed that without the development of the various small communities, the State’s development is not possible. Hence, the Congress Government has set up some development councils for 18 different communities.
With the aim of developing every community, the following development councils were formed - Muttok Development Council, Moran Development Council, Chutiya Development Council, Saraniya Kachari Development Council, Tai-Ahom Development Council, Adivasi Development Council, Bishnupriya Manipuri Development Council, Gorkha Development Council, Maimal Development Council, Koch- Rajbongshi Development Council, Moriya Development Council and Nath-Jogi Development Council.
After the formation of the above mentioned councils, subsequently the following development councils were formed - Manipuri Development Council, General Caste Development Council, Mech Kachari Development Council, Man Tai Linguistic (Tai Fakey, Tai Turung, Tai Khamiyang, Tai Aataain, Tai Khamti, Singfou, Tangsa) Development Council, Chema Naga Development Council and Barak Valley Hill Tribes Development Council.

PROMISES FOR THE NEXT 5 YEARS

+ There will be a separate department to administer these 18 development councils smoothly.
+ Activity Mapping would be done for tree plantation, horticulture, pisciculture, environmental preservation and self employment.
+ 18 development councils would be empowered to develop as full-fledged councils for the development of the various communities.
+ Development of the various communities would be achieved by sufficient funding of these 18 development councils.
+ Steps would be taken for the development and preservation of language, culture, art, music and literature of these communities.
+ Equal rights and development for tribal and non tribal people residing in these areas will be safeguarded.
+ Fund assistance would be provided for agriculture, animal husbandry, poultry farming, sericulture, handicrafts etc.

GRANT OF ST STATUS TO SIX COMMUNITIES

There has been a demand to enlist the Moran, Motok, Chutiya, Ahom, Koch Rajbongshi and Tea and ex- tea Tribes as Schedule Tribes. The Congress party has taken up the matter with the central Government with all seriousness for grant of Schedule Tribe status. The party is steadfast in its commitment that all efforts would be made for grant of ST status to these six communities