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Ultimatum on Bodo education

- Sahitya Sabha warns govt

Guwahati, Feb. 14: The Bodo Sahitya Sabha today vowed to launch a series of agitation programmes, if the Assam government does not give official orders tomorrow to improve Bodo-medium educational institutions.

“We want the state government to come out with official orders by tomorrow to solve our long-pending demands on Bodo-medium schools or we will undertake a series of agitation programmes,” said Kamala Kanta Mushahary, general secretary of the Sabha.

Mushahary said the chief minister’s office had asked the education and political departments and the deputy commissioner of Sonitpur district in December last year to submit status reports on the action taken on the Sabha demands within seven days but nothing came out of it.

Mushahary said chief minister Tarun Gogoi and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on December 17 last year had promised a delegation of the Sabha’s central executive that they would issue notifications to solve four of their major demands before January 22.

The demands are setting up of a separate directorate for the education of Bodo and other indigenous communities, creation and filling up of posts of the director of BTC education and other languages, allocation of land to 328 schools in Sonitpur district and introduction of Bodo medium till Class XII.

The Sabha official said the 328 schools in Sonitpur district could not be provincialised because they were set up on forestland. “We want the government to allot land to these schools so they can be provincilaised,” he said.

Mushahary said the government has failed completely to implement the Right to Education Act. He said the Sabha would write to President Pranab Mukharjee to apprise him about the situation.

On the other hand, the Sabha yesterday sent a letter to Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde urging him to make them a party to the next tripartite talks on the creation of Bodoland. “We want the Centre to invite all Bodo organisations to the talks scheduled for February 21,” the letter said.