The Tai Ahom is an ethnic group in the northeastern states of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. They are admixed descendants of the Tai people, who reached the Brahmaputra valley in the 13th century. They currently represent the largest Tai group in India. This ethnic group is mainly concentrated in Upper Assam.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarm announced recently that Tai Ahom will be accorded with protected class status in tribal blocks and belts of the state. He also announced that a Tai Language Center would be established by the state government to sustain and promote the language.