GUWAHATI, Jan 19 � The Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS) has called for steps to meet its demands on a Cabinet resolution on creation of a separate directorate of instruction for Bodo and other tribal languages and creation of a separate directorate of instruction for the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) by January 22.
It has also called for steps to allot land for the educational institutions which are located in the forest villages of Sonitpur district as per provisions of the Forest Rights Act, 2006 and to introduce Bodo as a medium of instruction up to the higher secondary level.
In a press release the BSS warned that failure of the State Government to meet the above demands would lead to serious resentment among the Bodos.
The Sabha has also announced the names of nominees for its literary awards being introduced from the current year. Its former president Brajendra Kumar Brahma has been named for the Praban Bargayari Literary Award for his creation Baydi Dengkhai Baydi Gab, while Birendra Kumar Basumatary has been named for the Rangsar Literary Award for his short story collection Anthai Maidai, and budding poet Bimal Musahary has been named for the Someswari Brahma Literary Award for his collection of poems titled Saimkhair Sanshriyari Dattababranay.
The Sabha has named Naresh Chandra Brahma of Parbatjhara Tipkai for the Sanjarang Lakheswar Brahma Cultural Award for his contributions in the field of culture. It has named Rajiv Basumatary of Gerua Bazar Deuri village in Udalguri district for the Hangmashree Brahma Award for securing highest mark (90 per cent) in Bodo language in the 2013 Higher Secondary final examination.
Besides, the Sabha has nominated Lalit Basumatary of Kajiamati High School and Anantha Basumatary of Patgaon Jaingma Bodo Farayshali for the award meant for the highest mark scoring students in Bodo language in the High School Leaving Certificate Examination. Both of them secured 93 per cent marks in Bodo in the 2013 HSLC Examination, said the Sabha in its press release.