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Bodo Sabha team in Delhi

- Delegation meets ministers with charter of demands

Guwahati, July 18: A seven-member Bodo Sahitya Sabha delegation led by its president Kameswar Brahma and general secretary Kamala Kanta Muchahary today met Union human resource development minister Smriti Irani in New Delhi and submitted a 20-point charter of demands.

The demands include creation of separate directorate of education for Bodo and languages of other indigenous communities, creation of a directorate of education for Bodoland Territorial Council and re-amendments to the Assam Venture Educational Institutions (Provincialisation of Services) Act, 2011.

The other demands include proper implementation of the Right to Education Act, 2009, and Forest Dwellers Act, 2006, separate teachers’ eligibility test with a relaxation of norms for Bodo-medium school education, implementation of Bodo as an official language in Assam and appointment of Bodo language teachers in colleges.

They apprised Irani of the alleged negligence of Dispur towards the development of Bodo language, literature and Bodo-medium education.

The team also met Union minister for forests, environment and climate change Prakash Javadekar and discussed the proper implementation of Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers Act, 2006.

They urged Javadekar, who also holds the information and broadcasting portfolio, to introduce news bulletins and other programmes in Bodo language in DDK Guwahati and DDK Northeast.

“The minister assured us that he would issue necessary directives to the departments concerned and the Assam government to implement our demands,” said Muchahary.

The team also met Union minister of state for sports and youth affairs Sarbananda Sonowal.

“He assured us that he would discuss the problems with Prime Minister Narendra Modi by next month,” Muchahary said.

Yesterday, the delegation met Union minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju and submitted a memorandum on the problems of the Bodoland Territorial Council and Assam. “We are satisfied at the positive response from the ministers,” he added.