AASU leaders hold talks with BTC CEM on disputed issues
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, March 18: Leaders of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and BTC Chief Executive Member (CEM) Hagrama Mohilary have had a crucial meeting on a number of disputed issues. The long and the short of the discussion is that Mohilary has assured the AASU that the rights of all people living in the BTAD will remain intact.
The meeting was held at Bodoland Bhawan at Khapara in Guwahati on Sunday. The leaders of the AASU pointed out that the landed property of all communities living in the BTAD, according to the BTC Accord, should remain intact. “However, the landed property of a large number of BTAD residents left behind by their forefathers hasn’t been mutated in the mes of their progenies. They’re not getting permission for mutation,” the AASU team said.
Reacting to it, Mohilary made it clear in no uncertain terms that, as had always been, land rights of people in tribal belts and blocks in the BTAD would remain intact. “A land survey is in the offing in the BTAD. We’ve made all arrangements for the training of a 100-member team of surveyors for the purpose,” Mohilary said, and added that a directive had already been issued for inclusion of representatives from all communities in the BTAD in the land advisory committee and the committee for development. “I’m going to hold meetings at sub-divisiol level to sort out issues relating to land rights,” he said.
On the issue of language, the BTC CEM is of the view that the status of Assamese and Bodo languages will remain intact in the BTAD.
On education the AASU raised the issue of appointment of Assamese teachers in Bodo medium schools and Bodo teachers in Assamese medium schools. The students’ body is of the view that such incidents should not be allowed to happen.
In his response, Mohilary said: “The Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS) has already taken up the issue, and steps are being taken according to the literary body’s suggestions.”
Reacting to issues like equal status and appointment opportunities for all communities in the BTAD as raised by the AASU, Mohilary said that steps were taken for equal rights for all and such steps would also be taken on appointment issues as well.
Reacting to AASSU’s concern over incidents of extortions in the BTAD, Mohilary said: “Measures have been taken up to give people succour from sporadic incidents.” On healthcare in the BTAD, Mohilary said that the healthcare system in the BTAD would be brought back on track by holding talks with Dispur since it is a state subject.
On political rights of all communities in the BTAD as stated by the AASU at the talks, Mohilary said: “All such issues will be sorted out through talks.”
Before the meeting, the AASU team submitted a memorandum to the BTC CEM. The delegation of the AASU comprised its chief adviser Samujjal Bhattacharya, president Dipanko Kumar th, general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi, leaders of its Kokrajhar unit, and a number of central leaders of the students’ body.
Mohilary was accompanied by BTC Planning Development Board’s vice chairman Prabin Boro, MLAs Thaneswar Boro, Moneswar Boro and Majendra Boro and former MLA Milan Boro.