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Promod Boro retained ABSU president, resolves to launch movement from March

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KOKRAJHAR, Feb 16: Promod Boro has been reinstated as the president of the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) for the fifth consecutive term in the 49th session-cum-golden jubilee celebration held at Jangkrithai Fwthar, Kokrajhar, while Lawrence Islary has also been retained as the general secretary. There has been a minor change in the distribution of portfolio of the ABSU.

Romeo P. rzary of Golaghat and Dipen Boro of Udalguri remained as vice-presidents for next term while Kwrwmdao Wary of Kokrajhar becomes assistant general secretary and Rangi Borgoyary of Kokrajhar, B. Kwirwm Dwirwm of Baksa, Rinjay Boro of Udalguri and Mantu Boro of Baksa have been chosen as secretaries. Other portfolio holders are-Jayanta Basumatary of Chirang (speaker), Mwlao Basumatary of Biswath (deputy speaker), Kastom Basumatary of Golaghat (education secretary), Minu Ramchiary of Baksa (assistant education secretary), Rabiram rzary of Guwahati, Pradip Basumatary of Lakhimpur, Saranjay Brahma of Delhi and Sanranjit Boro of West Bengal (public relation secretaries), Mahipal Boro of Barpeta (literary secretary), Bibari Boro of Udalguri (assistant literary secretary), Gulshan Basumatary of Chirang (xultural secretary), Bharati Boro of Morigaon (assistant cultural secretary), Ganesh Basumatary of Karbi Anglong (games and sports secretary), Dibjyoti Kochary of lbari (assistant games and sports secretary), Kiran Basumatary of Karbi Anglong (debating secretary), Sanjay rzary of Kokrajhar (treasurer), Mithinga Wary of Kokrajhar and Dinesh Brahma of Udalguri (office secretary), Delip rzary of Kokrajhar (office care taker) and Khungkra Swargiary of Sonitpur and Maneswar Daimary of Baksa (advisors).

The president of the ABSU, Promod Boro said that the student union had adopted some important resolutions in its delegate session during the golden jubilee celebration for launching struggle. He said if the government continued its apathy towards the legitimate demands of the Bodos, the union had prepared action plan for Bodoland movement with the promise of do or die from March, along with other movement groups. He said the delegate house expressed deep concern over the irresponsible approach of the government on the Bodoland issue and resolved to intensify the vigorous and continuous movement till the demand was conceded.

The delegate meeting held at the Arup Gwra Basuamtary memorial delegate house which was chaired by ABSU speaker Jayanta Basumatary. It was resolved that any negligence towards Bodo medium would not be tolerated and to get justice for Bodo medium, ABSU would launch vigorous movement through a satyagraha programme. One of the most significant resolutions is to form a Peace Brigade (Gwjwn Faikhi), a volunteer organization for effective social change, commul harmony and understanding among diverse communities, protection of land and tural resources and to work to remove superstition and witch-hunting.

Besides, the ABSU strongly resolved to work for the protection of ancestral land and appealed to the BTC government to withdraw the land allotted to any private group and also appealed not to allot any land to private group or large-scale land in tribal areas to paramilitary forces. The delegate meeting also resolved to erect a milestone in every Bodo village within the year 2017 where three words-Than (Live), Mao (Work) and Jouga (Prosper) will be written in the milestone as a vision of ABSU. The student body appealed to both Dispur and New Delhi not to ignore the issue of armed struggle and ceasefire by different arms groups in Assam and the north-eastern region and demanded a policy decision to resolve the insurgency issue within a short period of time for the interest of sustaible peace and development.

The meeting resolved to demand for immediate implementation of the Land Right to the Scheduled Tribes and other Traditiol Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 and resolved to extend the Mission Quality Education (MQE) project of the ABSU till 2020 and work for the solution of all problems related to Bodo medium education, establishment of separate directorate for Bodo medium, provincialization of all venture institutions, KG to PG. The meeting also resolved to oppose the amalgamation of the schools and it also demanded immediate supply of free textbooks for Bodo medium from Class-I to Class X.

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