Bodo Agreement The Hindu
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the Assam government and the Bodo groups on Monday signed an agreement to reissue and rename the Bodoland Territorial District (BTAD) in Assam, currently divided between four districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri. History past: The Home Office, the Assam government and Bodo groups, including the All Bodo Students` Union and militant groups, signed an agreement on January 27, New Delhi`s third attempt to resolve the conflict after the 1993 and 2003 agreements. The new agreement offers more hope than previous agreements; Some of the most powerful factions of the Boreal National Democratic Front, which have kept away from previous agreements, are now on board. Most importantly, stakeholders agreed that the updated political agreements would be limited to the area of wider autonomy within the state of Assam, which confers a definitive burial on the state and the requirements of the Union territory. The Prime Minister said: „After the signing of this historic agreement with Bodo organisations, the development of Bodo areas is the top priority of our government. Work on a complete Rs.1.500 crore package has begun. We will focus in particular on ease of life and ensure that Bodos takes full advantage of public programs. According to the agreement, villages dominated by Bodos, currently outside BTAD, would be involved and those without a population of Bodo would be excluded, said Assam Finance Minister Hemanta Biswa Sarma. Bodos who live in the hills would get Scheduled Hill Tribe status, he noted. M. Sarma claimed that, so far, the agreement has not addressed the issue of „citizenship or work permit“ for non-domiciled people in the BTAD, which is to be renamed Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR). Urkhao Gwra Brahma, a former Member of Rajya Sabha and head of the UPPL, said the NDFB`s 34-year-old political struggle ended in an „honourable political agreement.“ Improving the funding system and strengthening basic democracy through the introduction of village and municipal councillors into the BTR is another important provision of the agreement, he said. He claimed that this would facilitate the equal participation of non-Bodo communities in the BTR government by village councils and elected municipal councillors. .