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New Bodo accord will clip wings of non-Bodos: PVM

By STAFF REPORTER

GUWAHATI, Jan 29 - Prabrajan Virodhi Manch (PVM) today alleged that the new Bodo peace accord will create more problems than resolve any.

Despite welcoming the accord that is aimed at fulfilling the aspirations of a major ethnic community, the Manch stated that the accord would further truncate the rights of non-Bodo indigenous communities in the BTAD areas, who have not even been consulted for an accord that impacts them.

�Once again, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his government have participated in widening the rift between indigenous communities, further worsening the status of non-Bodo indigenous communities in BTAD who had earlier become second-class citizens under the 2003 accord,� Manch convener Upamanyu Hazarika stated.

The forum against illegal infiltration opined that rather than enhancing the powers of the Bodoland Territorial Council, the need was to review the working of the Council established in 2003.

�The BTC Executive Council has only two non-tribal members out of 14, who also do not belong to any of the indigenous communities. The indigenous non-tribal population are effectively deprived of any participation in the administration of their own affairs and to give them equal rights is the need of the times,� it said.

�Out of 525 ethnic communities in India, 115 alone are in Assam and in any given area several ethnic communities coexist. Any policy aimed at advancement of any one community is bound to have implications for the coexisting ones, and which today is the case with BTAD areas,� Hazarika said.

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New Bodo accord will clip wings of non-Bodos: PVM

GUWAHATI, Jan 29 - Prabrajan Virodhi Manch (PVM) today alleged that the new Bodo peace accord will create more problems than resolve any.

Despite welcoming the accord that is aimed at fulfilling the aspirations of a major ethnic community, the Manch stated that the accord would further truncate the rights of non-Bodo indigenous communities in the BTAD areas, who have not even been consulted for an accord that impacts them.

�Once again, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and his government have participated in widening the rift between indigenous communities, further worsening the status of non-Bodo indigenous communities in BTAD who had earlier become second-class citizens under the 2003 accord,� Manch convener Upamanyu Hazarika stated.

The forum against illegal infiltration opined that rather than enhancing the powers of the Bodoland Territorial Council, the need was to review the working of the Council established in 2003.

�The BTC Executive Council has only two non-tribal members out of 14, who also do not belong to any of the indigenous communities. The indigenous non-tribal population are effectively deprived of any participation in the administration of their own affairs and to give them equal rights is the need of the times,� it said.

�Out of 525 ethnic communities in India, 115 alone are in Assam and in any given area several ethnic communities coexist. Any policy aimed at advancement of any one community is bound to have implications for the coexisting ones, and which today is the case with BTAD areas,� Hazarika said.

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