Accord to pave way for development and welfare activities; Bodoland region to get more funds in this regard if peace treaty is signed, says BTC CEM Hagrama Mohilary
Kokrajhar: Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary claimed that a peace accord containing all factions of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) and the Centre would be inked shortly, which will pave the way for development and welfare activities in the region.
Informing that the BJP-led NDA government is emphasising on bringing peace and integrity by inking peace accords with various militant outfits, the BTC chief said that necessary measures and initiatives from the government have been initiated in this regard.
“We are part of NDA government. So all inputs regarding whatever initiatives are taking place at the Centre are reaching me,” Mohilary said.
He also expressed hope that the BTC-administered region [Bodoland Territorial Area Districts or BTAD] will get more funds for development activities once the much-awaited peace accord with the NDFB is signed.
Stressing on the need of direct funding from the Centre to BTC, Mohilary said, “Direct funding from the Centre is very much required in the council. The development fund must be through the Centre, not through the state.”
On the ensuing BTC election, scheduled in March-April next year, Mohilary expressed hope that his Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) will win a majority of seats for the fourth consecutive terms as well. He also demanded granting of ST (Hills) status to the Bodos who are living in Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao districts of the state.