KOKRAJHAR, Jan 10 - The 48th annual convention of All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU), which was held with a three-day programme from January 8 at Nawdari Fwthar, Bijni in Chirang district of BTAD, concluded today.
The ABSU convention adopted several resolutions, which includes intensifying the mass movement on the demand for a separate Bodoland State, undertaking massive awareness campaigns on the Bodoland issue in every village of the proposed area and mobilising all the people along with their domestic animals and agro-based material over the National Highway as a protest move, to launch a helpline number for the Bodo students for information on the prospects of career and various professional courses, to organise education expo in every district for the Bodo- medium students, to launch the year of economic awareness from April this year upto April 2017 in an effort to bring economic revolution for sustainable economic development and income generation among the Bodo masses, to launch peace, harmony and brotherhood mission titled �Gana Chetona Abhijan� among the different communities, to mobilise senior citizens and religious leaders for minimising misunderstandings and differences among the different communities.
The ABSU also resolved to observe the modalities of the proposed arrangement of Bodo Kachari Autonomous Council and study the modalities before expressing any opinion.
At the same time, the ABSU expressed concern over Bodo and tribal unity after formation of the declared Council. It also resolved to work rigorously for the protection and conservation of the World Heritage Site Manas National Park and greater Masns landscape, besides initiating dialogue with all the Bodo organisations, political and non-political parties in a bid to solve the socio-political-economic issues of the Bodo people.
The students� body also resolved to oppose the River Linking Project by the Centre and construction of the ongoing seven big dams and proposed dams due to probable downstream effect in the Bodoland region, besides environmental and climate threats. The convention also resolved to create mass awareness to end social problems like witchhunting among the Bodo masses, besides checking youths from being addicted to drugs, alcohol, gambling and unruly use of the modern gadgets and automobiles etc.
The ABSU also urged the State Government for implementation of the SC and other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Rights) Act and early distribution of land pattas, immediate creation of a separate directorate for Bodo-medium education, immediate amendment of the existing Assam Official Language Act, 1960 and implementation of Bodo as one of the official language in Assam, to solve the problems of Bodo- medium institutions, to constitute a tribal belt and block survey committee by the Assam Government, immediate distribution of Bodo-medium text books through SSA & RMSA from the current academic year, among other resolutions.
It may be mentioned here that the 48th annual ABSU convention was held with an exhibition-cum-book fair and other programmes. A seminar on the topic �Vision Bodo as the Master Race: Resolution, Initiative and Understanding� was also organised. It was chaired by Rwn Gwra Narzary, MCLA of BTC and former president of ABSU. Kamalsingh Narzary, MLA of Bijni LAC inaugurated the Bijni Duarni Raunia, a souvenir of the reception committee.
An open session on the occasion was chaired by Promod Boro, president of ABSU. M Kodandaram, chairman of the Joint Action Committee, Telengaga attended the session as chief guest.
Zoramthanga, former Chief Minister of Mizoram, Raja Bundela, president of NFNS, among others, attended the meeting as appointed speaker.