KOKRAJHAR, Feb 10 � A series of new development projects have been chalked out for Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD), said Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, Minister of Health & Family Welfare and Education, Govt of Assam, at the BTC Secretariat field, Bodofa Nwgwr, Kokrajhar today.
Addressing a mammoth gathering in a public meeting held on the occasion of the 10th Bodoland Day at BTC Secretariat field, Dr Sarma assured the people of BTC that the work for setting up a medical college in Kokrajhar will be started very soon this year, while an engineering college and a polytechnic will be opened in Udalguri district this year itself.
At the same time, Dr Sarma said that those who have got seats in IIT and NIT will be given financial support from the Government of Assam and he appealed to the BTC authority to support those who shine in the field of education. He also said that the tangle between the NDFB and the Government is going to be shortly resolved as the peace talks is progressing in the right direction. He further said that there should be peaceful coexistence across castes and communities in Bodoland for an overall development in the area so as to ensure that the rights of the people in general remain protected.
Later, talking to media, Dr Sarma informed that 120 posts of teachers had been transferred to Bodoland University to enable it to function as a full-fledged university shortly.
Speaking on the occasion, BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary said that BTC is going to launch Bodoland Vikash Yojana very soon in BTC area like the Assam Vikash Yajana introduced in the State by the Government. Under the Bodland Vikash Yojana, BTC Govt, will provide 200 Winger vehicles at a subsidy of 50 per cent to the educated unemployed youth in Bodoland.
Meanwhile, many awards were also distributed among distinguished persons for their excellence in various fields. All the Bodo Ministers, MPs, MLAs and executive members of BTC, among others, attended on the occasion, including Dhiran Boro, chairman of NDFB (P), Anjali Daimary, coordinator BNC, Dr Kameswar Brahma, president BSS.
Earlier, the BTC chief received a guard of honour and hoisted the National Flag. Various departments also displayed tableaus showcasing cultural heritage.