Bodoland Agreement

Minister Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma said all stakeholders of Bodo company have signed this agreement and reaffirmed the territorial integrity of Assam. The Bodo Agreement offers political and economic benefits to the tribal areas without targeting a separate Bodoland State or a Territory of the Union. The tripartite agreement was signed by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, leader of four NDFB groups, Satyendra Garg, JOINT Secretary of ABSU, Ministry of Home Affairs and Kumar Sanjay Krishna, Secretary General of Assam. On this occasion, Shri Shah described this important occasion as a forerunner of a golden future for Assam and a direct consequence of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi`s policy of focusing on the development of the North-East region. The realization of this vision is also reflected in the Bru Reang agreement, which was adopted on the 16th to end the humanitarian crisis in Meghalaya and Tripura, the recent surrender of 644 armed cadres in Assam and the surrender of 88 armed NLFT cadres in Tripura in order to bring them into the mainstream in addition to today`s agreement. As Pramod Bodo pointed out, this is the third agreement signed by Bodo`s nationalists with the Union government since the 1990s. The first, between the Assam government and moderate elements of the Bodo movement, arrived in 1993 and paved the way for the formation of a Bodo Autonomous Council to allow for some degree of autonomy. Shri Shah said that the territorial integrity of Assam is guaranteed by this agreement, since every Bodo group has been embarked. He noted that while the northeastern states once felt neglected, the Modi government has ensured that an EU minister visits the region weekly to ensure effective implementation of government programs and timely completion of infrastructure projects. With this agreement, more than 1500 armed cadres will renounce violence and join the mainstream. The Union Government provides a special development package of 1500 crores over three years in order to implement specific projects for the development of the areas of Bodo.

The armed wing of the Bodo movement, first called the Bodo Security Force and later renamed the Bodoland National Democratic Front, was not part of this agreement. The group, led by Ranjan Daimary, did not want a separate state, but a total secession from the Indian Union. “Today the centre, the government of Assam and the representative of Bodo signed an important agreement. This agreement will ensure a golden future for Assam and for the people of Bodo,” said Amit Shah, adding that the agreement will not only meet the protection of Bodo`s language and culture, but also political and economic demands. On 27 January 2020, a new peace agreement was signed between the Government of India and the Government of Assam, on the one hand, and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), the All Bodo Students` Union and the United Bodo People`s Organisation, on the other. [13] Under this agreement, a territorial region of Bodoland, with extensive executive and legislative powers, has been created. The Bodoland Territorial Council will be responsible for almost all the areas defined in the sixth list of the Indian Constitution, and its membership will be increased to 60. [14] New districts will be created and the border of the region will be adapted to include inhabited areas of Bodo from neighboring districts and not to exclude villages inhabited by Bodo, currently under the jurisdiction of BTC. [15] Bodoland will also have the right to attend national sporting and cultural events such as the National Games of India and the Khelo India Youth Games. [16] The agreement also makes the language of Bodo by the devnagri script an associated official language of Assam. 5) 2003, February: the separatist BLT was dissolved and another agreement was signed between the Centre, the Assam government and the BLT.

This led to the creation of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC)….

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