BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, Sept 8: A delegation of Bodo Sahitya Sabha led by president Dr Kameswar Brahma on Tuesday called on Governor PB Acharya at the Raj Bhawan here.
The delegation drew the attention of the Governor on various issues centered on the development and promotion of Bodo language and literature in Assam and in the BTAD areas in particular.
In its 8 point charter of demands, the organization appealed the Governor to take initiative in implementing Bodo as the official language of BTAD in accordance with the Bodo Accord, 2003.
“We appealed the Governor to look into the implementation of Bodo as the official language of BTAD and other Bodo populated areas in the State as per clause 9.2 of the Bodo Accord of 2003. Bodo has been officially recognized by the Union government as well as the State government. Assam government approved it as another official language of Assam in 1984 and the Union government approved it in 2003 through the Bodo Accord. But even after 12 years of the accord, it has not materialized. So we appealed the Governor to take initiative in this regard,” the delegation said.
The delegation also appealed to the Governor for creation of a separate directorate of education for Bodo as well as other tribal languages of the State.
“We have been demanding a separate directorate for Bodo language education for all-round development of Bodo language and literature. The government has made many commitments in this regard, but it has not yet materialized. Instead, we have learnt that Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi intends to change the nomenclature of this directorate as Directorate of Education and Tribal Languages without consulting us. We want to reiterate that we are firm on the demand for separate Directorate of Education for Bodo and other Tribal Languages,” the delegation added.
Apart from this, the other demands of the delegation included- creation of Directorate of BTC Education under BTAD, implementation of RTE Act 2009, proper implementation of ST and Other Traditiol Forest Dwellers Act-2006, introduction of Masters degree course in Bodo language at Dibrugarh University, creation of posts of faculties in Bodoland University, creation of posts of assistant professors in colleges and reopening of the concurrence.
Soon after meeting the Governor, the delegation said that the Governor has assured them to hold discussion with the concerned minister in this regard.