Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday signed Bodo Accord, a historic agreement which is said to bring peace to the region.
The government signed the new Bodo Accord with all the rebel groups,the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU), and a civil society body, United Bodo People’s Organisation (UBPO)
Well, Apart from more legislative, executive, administrative and financial powers, BTR will now see exchange of villages. It is said that a commission will plan on to build a mechanism for inclusion of villages with a majority tribal population, contiguous to the present Bodo Council area, into BTR.
Similarly, villages with a majority non-tribal population currently under the Bodo Council, but bordering the non-Sixth Schedule areas which means those areas outside the Council jurisdiction, will be excluded from the Council. This is expected to address the issues of both tribals currently outside the Bodo Council as well as non-tribals currently living within the Council.
Also, the total number of Assembly seats will go up to 60, from the existing 40.
Bodos living in the hills would be conferred a Scheduled Hill Tribe status and Bodo language with Devanagari script would be the associate official language for the entire Assam.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Kokrajhar, Assam to celebrate the signing of the Bodo agreement.
PM Modi said insurgency in the region had been raging on for decades and had claimed thousands of lives, but past governments were reluctant in addressing the problems.
He said the Northeastern states were the worst sufferers of this reluctance of the past governments.
Speaking about the Bodo Accord, PM Modi said, “Today is the day to acknowledge the support of all young people belonging to the All Bodo Students Union (ABSU), National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), BTC Chief Hagrama Mohilary and the Assam government, who played a very positive role for the this agreement.”
Well, This agreement is aimed at bringing political and economic benefits to the Bodo tribe, which is one of the largest tribes of Assam.