NEW DELHI, May 12 � The New Trade Union Initiative, while condemning the recent violence in BTAD, has called for immediate repeal of the Bodo Accord and implementation of the Bhupinder Singh Committee recommendations.
The NTUI has further called for ensuring peace in the region and providing security to the non-Bodo population of the region and severe action against all those who incite or engage in acts of communal violence.
The applicability of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution was intended for predominantly tribal areas (which meant in areas where tribal population was over 90 per cent). As per the 2001 Census, all Sixth Schedule areas have a tribal population ranging from 56 per cent to 98 per cent of the total population except for the BTAD (established in 2003) where the total tribal population was only 38 per cent, while the Bodo population was even lower, it claimed.
The Assam government undermined the report of the Bhupinder Singh Committee (which was formed by the then Central Government in 1991) that proposed a democratic framework with multiple levels of autonomy which, if implemented, could have ensured the rights of all communities including the Bodos.