The government on Monday signed an accord with the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), one of the dreaded insurgent groups of Assam, providing political and economic bonanza sans a separate state or Union Territory.
The All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU), which has been spearheading a movement for Bodoland state since 1972, and another group called United Bodo People’s Organisation were also signatories to the accord.
In the presence of the Union Home Minister, Mr. Amit Shah, the tripartite agreement was signed by Assam Chief Minister, Mr. Sarbananda Sonowal, top leadership of the four factions of the NDFB, ABSU, Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry, M. Satyendra Garg and the Assam Chief Secretary,Mr. Kumar Sanjay Krishna.
The Home Minister described the agreement as 'historic' and it will bring a permanent solution to the decades old problems of the Bodo people. 'This agreement will facilitate all round development of the Bodo areas, their language and culture will be protected without compromising the territorial integrity of Assam,' he said.The home minister said due to the violence perpetrated by the Bodo militants, over 4,000 people lost their lives in the past few decades.Shah said no stone would be left unturned for the development of Assam and the North-eastern region.
The Assam chief minister said after the pact, different communities in the state will be able to live with harmony. Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said the pact will bring a comprehensive solution to the Bodo issue. “It is a historical accord,” he said.