BISWANATH CHARIALI: With a three-day long programme from January 29 to January 31, the 53rd annual conference of All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU) concluded at Mungkhlong Fwthar, Borpukhuri near Gohpur in Biswanath district on Sunday.
Attending the open session as the distinguished guest, State Finance Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sharma said that the Bodo Kachari Welfare Autonomous Council would be formed within February 15. The present government has given its due recognition to the Bodo language and accordingly, the status of associate official language has been given to the language and a separate Directorate has also been created for it, he said.
He further informed that the PP Verma Commission would submit its report on the boundary of BTR to the government. ABSU president Dwipen Bodo presided over the open session. Earlier, the open session was inaugurated by former parliamentarian UG Brahma while general secretary of ABSU, Lawrence Islari conducted the proceedings of the meeting. Taking part as the chief guest in the meeting, Sahitya Akademi award winner and eminent writer Yashi Dorjee Thongchi said that there had been a good relation between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and student organizations should go hand-in-hand to resolve the problems of both the States.
BTR chief Pramod Bodo said that the ABSU had been working for the development of the Bodo nation for the 53 years. "Now the development of BTR is the main goal of our government," he added. A good number of dignitaries also took part in the open session. Around 5,000 delegates from different parts of the State and Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and West Bengal participated in the annual session. Dwipen Bodo was re-elected as the new president while Phanin Bodo was elected as the general secretary of the student body for a new term.
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