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Bodos demand early implementation of BTR Accord

By Correspondent

DHEMAJI, March 2 - The United Bodo People�s Organisation (UBPO), All Bodo Women Welfare Federation (ABWWF), Ex-BLT Welfare Association and others Bodo organisations have demanded that the State and Central governments take steps for the early implementation of the Bodo Accord, which was signed between the government and the community organisations recently.

UBPO�s Dhemaji district unit vice-president Ratan Basumatary, who was addressing the open session of UBPO and ABWWF�s joint conference at Jonai on Sunday, said they were expecting peace and development from the historic Bodo Accord. He opined that the accord alone will not fulfil the needs of the Bodo people, if the ruling government does not implement its clauses in time.

Basumatary lamented that the BTC Accord could not bring any remarkable development in earlier BTAD (Bodo Territorial Area District), because the then Central and State governments did not pay heed to problems of the Bodo Kachari people, spread across 20 districts of the State.

Reiterating the demands made by the UBPO, Basumatary said that they have been demanding of the government for constitution of a complete and full-pledged Bodo Kachari Welfare Council for development of the Bodo Kachari people living out of the BTR, besides granting Scheduled Tribe status to their community people living in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao Autonomous Council districts.

Speaking on the occasion, leading Bodo Kachari citizens including UBPO�s president Mihineswar Basumatary, its general secretary Anil Basumatary, ABWWF's president Biva Rani Narzary and others have demanded of the Sarbananda Sonowal-led State government to initiate time-bound implementation of the Accord.

Taking reference of the historic �Assam Accord�, which is lying unimplemented for the last 35 years, the Bodo leaders urged the BJP government not to deceive the people.

Gracing the concluding programme of the conference, the Mising Autonomous Council (MAC) chief Paramananda Chayengiya urged the Bodo people to keep going ahead on their political and cultural movements unitedly.

Chayengiya appealed to leaders of all tribal community organisations to organise a joint movement for protection of their constitutional rights and promotion of the traditional practices, language and ethnic cultures. He also suggested to the Bodo people to work with the ruling government and take the opportunity to fulfil the demands made in the Bodo Accord.

On the occasion, eminent teacher-cum-singer Birendra Kumar Brahma was feted for his rich educational and cultural contributions towards the society.

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