FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
KOKRAJHAR, August. 14: The United Bodo People’s Organization (UBPO) who is working for various issues of Boro- Kachari people living outside BTC districts of Assam today hailed the gesture of the state assembly which supported the creation of autonomous council for Boro Kachari people.
The organization conveyed its gratitude to the BPF legislator Pramila Rain Brahma for raising the voice for creation of autonomous council and Minister Sumitra Doley and Secretary of AICC Bhupen Bora for supporting the issue. Besides, the organization expressed thanks to the speaker of Assembly Prab Gogoi and secretary for extending moral support to the issue.
Talking to this reporter, the president of UBPO Mihiniswar Basumatary said the organization had resolved to put pressure before the government on some key issues of the Bodos living outside BTC region like socio-economic development, protection of culture, literature and language, improvement of education, political rights and social security.
He said the creation of autonomous council for over eight lakhs Boro-Kachari people living outside BTC was one of their prime demands and for this the organization has been discussing the issue with the government.
Basumatary said the UBPO resolved to raise their voice and work in connivance with the tiolist Bodo organizations like the ABSU, BSS, NDFB (Progressive) and All Assam Tribal Sangha (AATS). He also said the UBPO has already met the Chief Minister on the issue of creation of autonomous council for the Boro-Kachari people on March 5 and August 12, 2015.
Secretary of the UBPO Gambaru Mashahary said their mission was to work together for the welfare of the Bodos taking all organizations in to confidence and bring together the intellectual circles to fight for the cause of the society.
He said they have met the Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi twice urging him to create Boro-Kacahri Autonomous Council outside BTC districts to ensure their political rights and rights to socio-cultural and economic development of Boro-Kachari people. Besides, the organization has decided to raise voice for land rights to the tribal people under the provision Forest Dwellers’ Act, protection of tribal belts and blocks as per chapter X of Assam Land and Revenue Regulation Act, 1860, land pattas for the Boro-Kachari people and enhancement of fincial assistance from the tribal sub plan for the welfare of tribal people and security of all tribal communities.