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Bodo group to meet Modi

Bwiswmuthiary

Kokrajhar, July 9: The All Assam Bodo Peoples’ Confederation will depute a delegation to New Delhi to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, home minister Rajnath Singh and other Union ministers to apprise them of the long pending issues of the Bodo people.

“We demand that Boro-Kachari people living within Karbi-Anglong and Dima Hasao Autonomous Council of Assam should be included in the list of ST (Hills) according to the clause 8 of the Bodo Accord, 2003. Also, grant of permanent land deeds to the indigenous people under the Scheduled Tribes Act and other traditionally forest dwellers rights should be implemented with immediate effect. Indigenous people within the respective tribal belts and blocks and elsewhere should get back lost land,” confederation president and former Lok Sabha MP Sansuma Khunggur Bwiswmuthiary told reporters in Kokrajhar yesterday.

“Chapter X of the Assam Land Revenue Manual 1886 (amended in 1947) should be implemented in letter and spirit. The quota for ST (plains) in the state government services and in admissions into educational institutions should be raised from 10 per cent to 20 per cent and quota in promotion in services of the ST (plains) should be maintained,” he said.

The question of creating a separate Bodoland state and an autonomous council for Bodo people living outside the jurisdiction of the BTAD would be specially mentioned, he said.

He also mentioned that the confederation, which was formed recently, aimed at uniting all Bodo groups across Assam and voice concerns of the indigenous people.