|Students perform at Secretariat Ground, Bodofa Nwgwr in Kokrajhar district, during the 12th Bodoland Day celebrations on Monday. Telegraph picture
Kokrajhar, Feb. 10: The 12th Bodoland Day was celebrated today in a glittering function at Secretariat Ground, Bodofa Nwgwr, in Kokrajhar district with a daylong programme.
Speaking on the occasion, Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary stressed the need for a collective effort by all sections of people and communities in building a strong and peaceful BTC-administered region through all-round development.
Mohilary said 11 years had elapsed since the formation of the BTC and the council had made a huge impact through improvement in socio-economic condition of people of the region in a short period.
“After the formation of the BTC in 2003, the council has been working for all-round development like road connectivity and infrastructure development and the change is there for all to see and feel.”
“Besides, many educational institutions like Central Institute of Technology, Bodoland University and an engineering college have come up in the BTC-administered region to enable students get higher education and build careers. A medical college, too, is coming up in a year, but for all these we need to have an atmosphere of peace and tranquillity,” Mohilary said.
He urged all sections of people to work for peace and harmony in the region. “All communities and sections of people have equal responsibility in building a peaceful atmosphere so that development can take place in the BTAD areas and we all can enjoy its fruits,” he said.
Mohilary urged militant groups to shun the path of violence and work for peace and development of the region because “without peace there cannot be any development”.
He said the BTC had received Rs 750 crore from the Centre as a special package for infrastructure development. BTC deputy chief Kampa Borgoyary, Lok Sabha MP Sansuma Kunggur Bwiswmuthiary and Rajya Sabha MP Biswajit Daimary also spoke on the occasion. Earlier, floral tributes were paid at the statue of Bodofa Upendranath Brahma, in front of the BTC Assembly and secretariat buildings followed by homage to Bodoland martyrs. Mohilary unfurled the national flag.
A colourful cultural programme was organised by students of various institutions followed by display of tableaux by various departments of the BTC.
A monthly newspaper, Bodoland Laithun, was also launched today. Mohilary distributed public announcement systems to schools under Chief’s Swdwb Swrang scheme. The Promod Chandra Brahma Literary Award, 2013 and Nileswar Brahma Cultural Award, 2013 were presented to Dharinidar Wary of Baksa and Muttura Kanta Basumatary of Kokrajhar districts. Each award carries a cheque for Rs 2 lakh, a citation and a certificate.
BTC principal secretary M. Sahu, council members and leaders of various organisations were also present during the function.