FROM THE TELEGRAPH
[[Kalchini]], July 15: The [[Akhil Bharatiya Adivasi Vikas Parishad]] today held a rally here to convince the Dooars and Terai people to embrace the Fifth Schedule instead of demanding Sixth Schedule status, for which the outfit had been clamouring for several years.
After the declaration of the [[GTA]] elections, this is the first time that Parishad leaders, including its state chief Birsa Tirkey, held a meeting in Kalchini.
On December 20, 2011, Tirkey came here to attend a meeting of the Parishad where a group of 30-odd supporters of the breakaway John Barla group stopped the meeting.
That Tirkey could hold a meeting here without any opposition indicates the dwindling support for Barla who had joined hands with the [[Gorkha Janmukti Morcha]].
Tirkey, who met governor M.K. Narayanan earlier this month, said: “The governor of West Bengal has already notified the Fifth Schedule on March 14, 2012…. Under it, there will be a tribal advisory council. Fifteen ST MLAs and four nominated persons will be in the council. This council will decide in which area what kind of development work is required.”
He added: “On July 5, we met the governor and told him to reintroduce the tribal welfare department which has lost its existence here. The council will run under the guidance of the governor and after every three months he will review the performance of the committee.”
On Barla, he said: “Now people have understood that John tried to sell the region and what benefit people will get under the Fifth Schedule. We have met the governor and the chief minister and appealed to bring all the garden people under the BPL category.”
In the meeting apart from Tirkey, Adivasi leaders Tejkumar Toppo, Arjun Indwar, Babulal Kujur, Bairagi Minj were present.
More than 100 people came to listen to the leaders.
Another point that leaders at the rally mentioned was that Justice Shyamal Sen in his report had clearly mentioned that Barla had no right to claim that he was a leader of the Parishad and he had no right to use the letter head of the Parishad.
It cleared the confusion among the people because the Parishad supporters may have been confused with whom they should go with.