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BTC flays Dispur over low funds

Kokrajhar, Aug. 21: The Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) has hit out at Dispur over the meagre allotment of funds to the BTAD from the state budget.

BTC deputy chief Kampa Borgoyary said the four districts under its administration, which have a population of over 31 lakh, should get around 12.19 per cent of the total planned funds but “we got just a little over 2 per cent”.

“It is nothing but a systematic killing of the BTC by the state government. The council has always been getting lower funds from the budget since its formation. How can the council fulfil the demands of the public with such low funds?” he asked.

Borgoyary said the low funds allocation was part of the government’s plan to destabilise the functioning of the council. “When the demands of the public are not met, there will be disturbance and it might destabilise the functioning of the council. That’s what the government is systematically trying to do,” he said.

He said the state budget should earmark more funds to the BTAD region according to the population of the area.

Expressing concern on the law and order situation, he said development is related to law and order. “Development projects are hampered owing to the adverse law and order situation,” he said.

The two-day budget session of the council concluded today at the BTC Assembly at Bodofa Nwgwr here.

The budget session apart from discussing the share of state budget also saw discussions on law and order in the area with focus on abduction, extortion, killings and on encroachment on forestland, among others.