From our Correspondent
KOKRAJHAR, March 7: The United Bodo People’s Organization (UBPO) on Saturday demanded that the government should create grand Bodoland autonomous council for the Bodos and Bodo Kachari people living outside BTC areas.
In a press statement, Mihiniswar Basumatary, president, and Gambaru Machahary, general secretary, said that a delegation of UBPO comprising called on Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi in presence of PWD Minister Ajanta Neog at his official residence at Koidhara, Khapara, Guwahati on March 5 and submitted a memorandum containing eight-point charter of demands urging him for immediate follow-up action on the demands. Basumatary said the Chief Minister assured the delegation to find out and to explore acceptable solution on the demands as early as possible. He added that the delegation urged the Chief Minister and PWD minister to convene formal talks between the Government of Assam and the United Bodo People’s Organization (UBPO) as soon as possible.
A memorandum was submitted by UBPO to the Chief Minister demanding a grand autonomous council for the indigenous Bodo-Kachari tribal people living outside the jurisdiction of the BTC , inclusion of the Boro-Kachari living within Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao Autonomous districts of Assam in the list of the ST (Hills) as per the Clause No-8 of the Bodo Accord, granting of permanent land pattas (settlement) to the indigenous Bodo-Kachari tribal (ST) families under the provisions of the Scheduled Tribes and other traditiolly Forests Dwellers Rights over the Forest Lands Act, 2006 with immediate effect, restoration of the alieted lands and ancestral territories of the tribal people within tribal belts and blocks, TSP and Forest Areas and strict enforcement of the provisions of the Chapter (X) of the Assam Land and Revenue Manual, 1886 (Amended in (1947) in letter and spirit, urgent need of intervention of the Union Government and the State governments concerned to evolve a suitable permanent political solution to the vexed Assam –galand, Assam-Aruchal Pradesh and Assam-Meghalaya inter-State border disputes within thstory 4 e frame-work of the Constitution, creation of separate directorate for Bodo medium education, provincialization of the Bodo medium LP, ME high schools in the State, creation of Bodo subject teacher posts, creation of sufficient lecturer posts in Bodo department in provincialized and deficit college on need basis under the
universities, an arrangement for special TET examition for Bodo medium students and stopping the detrimental anti-Bodo policy approach of the State Government in the appointment of non-Bodo candidates in vacant posts in Bodo medium schools.
UBPO also urged the Union and State governments to take proper relief and rehabilitation measures for ex.BLT cadres and NDFB surrendered militants and the withdrawal of the pending cases against the Ex.BLT and NDFB surrendered militants with immediate effect and to raise a Bodo Regiment with the strength of 10,000 Bodo youths in the Indian Army in line with the ga Regiment.