Bodoland Territorial Region Agreement

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Under two previous Bodo agreements – the Bodoland Autonomous Council agreement of 1993 and the 2003 agreement with the Bodo Liberation Tigers rebels – the government was this time interested in a comprehensive solution to the Bodo issue, where the central demand for a separate Bodoland state was abandoned once and for all instead of taking appropriate steps to increase the Bodo people. According to the new agreement, « negotiations have been conducted with the Bodo organizations for a comprehensive and final settlement of their claims, while preserving the territorial integrity of the State of Assam. » One of the signatories, Gobinda Basumatary, head of the NDFB, told the writer that it was no longer necessary to ask for his own state, because most of the powers and aspirations of those who aspire to a clean state are provided. The Minister stated that in the past, the Bodo, who were dissatisfied with the 1993 and 2003 colonies, were increasingly demanding powers. A complete and definitive solution to their claims has been found, while preserving the territorial integrity of the State of Assam. Since August 2019, following the modis takeover, intensive discussions have taken place with ABSU, NDFB groups and other Bodo organizations to find a comprehensive solution to end the decades-long Bodo movement. The booking of jobs and other opportunities for non-tribal youth in the BTAD region, in accordance with government regulations. The current agreement provides for the creation of a Commission, in accordance with Section 14 of the Sixth Calendar of the Constitution of India, which will recommend the inclusion or exclusion of tribal members in villages bordering BTAD DE areas. This commission will include, in addition to the State Government, representatives of ABSU and BTC. It will make its recommendation within six months of the notification date. The economic package, which is part of the new agreement, is expected to begin a new era of development in the BTR region once it has been implemented. The package includes a central university, a national sports university, a Northeast Regional Institute of Medical Sciences and a National Institute of Technology. Bodoland (also Boroland), officially the Bodoland Territorial Region, is an autonomous region of Lower Assam, in northeastern India.

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