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Bodo team in Delhi

Kokrajhar, July 20: The All Bodo Students’ Union (Absu) has urged the Centre to resolve the Bodoland statehood and other issues pertaining to the Bodos and other indigenous communities in Assam.

A joint delegation of Absu, the Bodoland Peoples’ Progressive Front (BPPF) and United Democratic Peoples’ Front (UDPF) yesterday called on central ministers in Delhi, including minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju and Union home minister Rajnath Singh to demand a solution.

Absu president Pramod Boro said the discussion highlighted the insurgency problem in the region.

“The delegation urged the ministers to resume the talks for a permanent solution to the Bodoland statehood issue and also to expedite the peace process with the NDFB (Progressive). The delegation requested the ministers to bring all the insurgent groups of the region to the negotiating table,” he said.

Boro said a memorandum containing a charter of 23 demands, including one for creation of a separate state of Bodoland, inclusion of the Boro Kocharis of Karbi Anglong into the ST hills list, equal status for the Boro-Kocharis living in various tribal autonomous councils in Assam, inclusion of the Mising Autonomous Council, Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council and the Tiwa Autonomous Council into the Sixth Schedule, implementation of the Scheduled Tribe and other Traditional Forest Dwellers’ (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 and protection of tribal belts and blocks.

“Rajnath Singh assured the delegation that he would look into all issues related to the Bodos and tribals of Assam. He said further discussions would be held after the Parliament session,” Boro said.

The delegation met Joel Oram, Union minister for tribal affairs, and submitted a memorandum requesting him to ensure implementation of the Scheduled Tribe and other Traditional Forest Dwellers’ (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 in Assam.

“We have apprised him about the deprivation of tribal and indigenous people from all basic amenities,” the Absu president said.

like primary health service, primary education, development schemes like roads and communication, MGNREGA and Indira Awaas Yojana. The minister assured the delegation that he would take up the matter for early solution,”


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