GUWAHATI, July 10 - The All Bodo Students� Union (ABSU) has requested Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to bring in a separate legislation to protect the land of the indigenous people of the State as the present laws are not adequate in this regard.
A delegation of the ABSU met Sonowal last evening and discussed various issues relating to tribal people and demanded that adequate steps should be taken to protect the tribal belts and blocks. The ABSU further said that the State Government should implement the Forest Dwellers� Act of 2006.
ABSU president Promode Boro told The Assam Tribune that in the meeting, they discussed several other key issues and demanded steps to solve the political issues concerning the Bodo community. Sonowal assured the ABSU delegation that the Government would arrange for talks with the students� body after the Independence Day celebrations.
Boro said that as the BJP is heading both the Central and State Governments, it should not be difficult to solve the Bodo problem. He also said that the Central and State Governments should expedite the peace talks with two factions of the NDFB, which already signed cease-fire agreements.
The problems relating to the students were also discussed and the ABSU requested Sonowal to take immediate steps to implement the notification for creation of a separate directorate for Bodo medium education.