New Delhi, Jan 30 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday welcomed the decision of Bodo groups to lay down arms in Assam. "The five decade old Bodo issue finds resolution on the Punyatithi of Pujya Bapu (death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi) today," Prime Minister tweeted.
He said: "The accord between the Bodo groups and the Government will strengthen the unity and integrity of Assam". "I welcome decision of my Bodo friends for leaving violence and reposing faith in democracy and Constitution," Mr Modi wrote.
As a follow up of the Bodo peace agreement inked recently in Delhi in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, a large number of Bodo militants surrendered and laid down arms before Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday in Guwahati.
The NDFB factions had signed the peace treaty with the government on Monday, January 27. The Centre has agreed to provide a Rs 1,500-crore-assistance-package over the next three years for the development of Bodo areas in Assam. Among other things, there are provisions for the quick development of tribal areas and rehabilitation of members of NDFB and its factions in the pact. (UNI)