Hagrama wants Rs 500 cr package for BTAD released, 12.9 per cent from State share in plan fund
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KOKRAJHAR, April 19: A 14- member new Executive Council of BTC led by Hagrama Mohilary as chief and Khampa Borgoyary as deputy chief took oath at the BTC Secretariat playground Bodofa Nwgwr on Sunday. Assam Chief Secretary Jitesh Khosla administered the oath of secrecy, with Governor PB Acharya attending the swearing-in ceremony as chief guest.
The BPF for the third consecutive time has formed the government in BTC under the leadership of Hagrama Mohilary. The party has got the support of three independent candidates to form the new Executive Council.
The new executive council comprises of 14 Executive Members (EMs), the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker. Hagrama Mohilary from Debargaon constituency of Kokrajhar was the first to take the oath of secrecy, followed by Khampa Borgoyary from Chirangduar constituency of Chirang district. The other executive members who took oath are Doneswar Goyary (Baokhungri), Rajib Brahma (Bargaon), Mritunjay rzary (Soraibil), Ansumwi Khunggur Boro (Mushalpur), Deben Boro (Goybari), Gonesh Kachary (Suklai Serfang), Maheswar Basumatary (Goreswar), Jagadish Sarkar (Mudwibari), Lwmsrao Daimary (Khwirabari), Bonjar Daimary (Kalingduar), Alindra Kr. Mashahary (Rowta) and Shyam Sundi (Pasnoi Serfang).
Nerswn Boro of Bhergaon from Udalguri district took the oath as pro-tem Speaker. Governor PB Acharya welcomed the 14 new EMs, Speaker and Member of Council Legislative Assembly (MCLA) with traditiol aroi and gamosa. Of the 14 EMs, six members took oath of secrecy in Bodo five in English and three in Assamese. Alindra Mashahary, Ansumwi Khunggur Boro, Doneswar Goyary, Lwmsrao Daimary, Mritunjay rzary and Rajib Brahma took the oath in Bodo, with Hagrama Mohilary, Khampa Borgoyary, Bonjar Daimary, Gonesh Kachary and Shyam Sundi in English and Deben Boro, Jagadish Sarkar and Maheswar Basumatary in Assamese language. Pro-tem Speaker Nerswn Boro of Bhergaon took the oath in Bodo.
Governor PB Acharya in his address emphasized the need for transparency and good governce for a vibrant India and overall progress of Bodoland. He said India is a pluralistic country and one should respect the diversity and unity of its people. Transparency and good governce are important for significant development of the region and the country, he said, adding that the BTC administration should ensure corruption-free governce. The Governor also laid stress on education and skill development which was the key to progress of the region. He said the North-eastern region has vast tural resources with cultural diversity, which needs to be explored. He hailed Bodofa Upendra th Brahma who started the Bodoland movement and brought about a revolution among the exploited and down-trodden people of the region. In this context, Acharya recalled that Brahma had stayed for two days at his residence in Mumbai when he was associated with NE Mumbai Maitre Sangha. Brahma was undergoing treatment at that time.
In his speech, Hagrama Mohilary thanked the people of BTAD for giving BPF the opportunity to serve them. He said the BPF-led new Executive Council will work for the people with new vision and strategy to fulfill their aspirations. He called upon all people to maintain peace and integrity for steady development of the region. He also assured that he will hold discussions with all communities for solution of their problems and will take up their grievances. He also hoped that the remaining clauses of the BTC accord will be implemented in letter and spirit and the Central government will release special fincial package of Rs 500 crore for the development of BTAD for five years.
Mohilary said there are lot of things to do for the region but the BTC lacks funds. He said the council should get 12.9 per cent from State share in plan fund on the basis of population pattern, but is receiving only 3.4 per cent every year. He also assured that his council will give 30 per cent reservation to women in VCDC election, besides taking up some separate schemes for women.
The swearing-in ceremony was also attended by the Chief Executive Councilor of Mising Autonomous Council, Dr Ranoj Pegu, Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary, MLAs, Bodo Sahitya Sabha president Dr. Kameswar Brahma and other dignitaries.