CHEKAMARI (MADARIHAT, WB) Jan 23 � Appreciating the endeavour of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS) to pursue with the West Bengal Government for introducing Bodo MIL in the institutions for Bodo students, Hagrama Mohilary, Chief of BTC, has categorically said that the constitutional rights of the Bodo people shall be protected in every State wherever Bodos are living and that he will be taking all possible steps in this regard.
He also said that a large number of Bodos are living in the Gorkha Council area in West Bengal, whose identity and rights remain to be guaranteed. He also made it clear that the Bodo language being in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution, steps should be taken to ensure introduction of Bodo language for Bodo students in that State. Mohilary was addressing the open session of the 51st BSS Conference as chief guest after inaugurating the session on the concluding day today.
Presiding over the session, Dr Kameswar Brahma, president, BSS said that the Bodo literary body shall continue its efforts in mounting pressure on the West Bengal Government to introduce Bodo MIL in the institutions for Bodo students in the State and shall not stop until the demand is materialised. At the same time he said that a high-power delegation of BSS would meet the Chief Minister of West Bengal to submit a memorandum, adding that the BSS would also meet the authority for starting a Bodo MIL department in the North Bengal University (NBU) at the earliest.
On the concluding day of the three-day BSS conference, as many as 10 resolutions were adopted including the decision to move the West Bengal Government to facilitate arrangements for implementing Bodo vernacular medium for Bodo students in West Bengal, submission of a memorandum to the CM of West Bengal by a joint delegation of BSS and Pachimbanga BSS and holding of the next BSS conference in 2013 at Parbotjhora of Kokrajhar, among others.