Historic memorandum of settlement signed between Centre, Assam govt & NDFB members aims at bringing peace & stability without hindering territorial integrity of state
Guwahati: The government of India signed the historic Bodo Peace Accord with the government of Assam and Bodo stakeholders in New Delhi on Monday afternoon. Following this, 1,550 rebels along with 130 weapons will surrender on January 30, announced home minister Amit Shah.
The historic memorandum of settlement aims at bringing peace and stability in Assam without hindering the territorial integrity of the state.
The accord was signed in the presence of Union home minister Amit Shah, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary.
The signatories include Pramod Boro (president, ABSU), Lawrence Islary (general secretary, ABSU), Ranjan Daimary (NDFB), Gobinda Basumatary (NDFB), B Saoraigwra (NDFB-S), Dhiren Boro, Mihineswar Basumatary, president of UBPO; Assam chief secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna and home affairs joint secretary Satyendra Garg.
Here's what the MoS means:
For Bodos outside BTAD
For identity, language and education
Settlement of NDFB faction
Other initiatives by Centre and state
Why the accord?
This is the third Bodo accord to be signed in the last 27 years after violent movement for a separate Bodoland state claimed hundreds of lives, destruction of public and private properties in Assam.
Starting from 1966-67, the Bodos have been fighting for the creation of a separate state called Bodoland.
The first Bodo accord was signed with ABSU in 1993, leading to the creation of a Bodoland Autonomous Council with limited political powers. The second one was signed in 2003 with militant outfit Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT), leading to the formation of a Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) with four districts of Assam — Kokrajhar, Baksa, Chirang and Udalguri. The demand for a separate state for the Bodos has been going on in Assam for about five decades and is one of the oldest in the country.