TANGLA, April 13: In a major boost to the ruling Bodoland People’s Front (BPF), an ally of BJP in the State, a total of 40 pro-talk cadres of NDFB (R) and NDFB (S) along with activists of AASU and ABSU formally joined the BPF at an annual convention of Udalguri district committee BPF here in Bahinigaon at Udalguri on Thursday. All the new party members were welcomed by the BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary who also feted the new members with phulam Bihuwan. Attending the open session as chief guest, Mohilary exhorted the people of BTC region to co-operate with the party leadership and strengthen the roots of the BPF. He further said that the party had faced criticism both in positive and negative way now and then.
Mohilary, clearing the air on the land rights of people of BTC region, said that the people who were residing in the region prior to the formation of BTC would be provided with land pattas while the people of rural areas living in government land would be provided 7 bighas for cultivation and 1 bigha for residential purpose, while people of urban areas living in government land would be provided with 2 kotha land. The matter is under consideration in the BTC assembly. He also made it clear that the functioning of the administration and governance in the BTC was based on the rules and acts enacted by the Government of India and Government of Assam and the BTC had no authority to enact new land policy.
The BTC supremo also informed that he had urged the State government for appointment of a District Development Commissioner (DDC) in the four districts of BTAD. The appointment of the officers would give relief to the people as many official works could be processed through the office without having to visit Kokrajhar. Speaking on the changes in functioning of Village Council Development Committee (VCDC) of BTC, he stated that the matter was still under consideration and once implemented, every VCDC would get offices along with 4-5 staff members for smooth functioning.
Mohilary further stated that people should join hands for the growth and development of the region. He alleged that many political organizations for their vested interests created division among the people as Bodos and non-Bodos. He also declared ex-gratia compensation of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of martyrs of the Bodoland Movement. The session was graced as appointed speaker by Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimari. The programme was also attended by State PHE and Food and Civil Supplies Minister Rihon Daimari.