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Meeting Northeast aspirations – Centre announces Rs 1,500-crore package for BTAD areas
IFP Bureau | First Published: February 8, 2020 15:33:46 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the government of India has adopted a new approach to deal with various issues plaguing the Northeast. He said such an approach was possible only after a deep understanding of the aspirations and the emotional issues of the region.

Narendra Modi said this while participating in the celebrations of the signing of the Bodo Agreement at Kokrajhar in Assam on Friday.

According to a PIB release, the prime minister also gave a clarion call to those pursuing the path of violence to lay down their arms and return to the mainstream like the Bodo cadres. This was his first visit to the Northeast since the signing of the historic accord on January 27.

“For those who continue to have faith in arms and violence either in the Northeast, or Naxal areas or Jammu Kashmir, I request them to learn and draw inspiration from the Bodo Youth and return to the Mainstream. Come back and start celebrating life”, he said.

In his address, prime minister recalled the contribution made by leaders Bodofa Upendranath Brahma, Roopnath Brahma.

Bodo Accord – A reflection of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas Sabka Vishwas

Prime minister praised the All Bodo Students Union (ABSU), the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), HagramaMahilare, the chief of BTC and the government of Assam for playing a very positive role in the Bodo agreement.

“Today is the day for the entire Northeast including Assam to welcome a new beginning in the 21st century, a new dawn, a new inspiration. Today is the day to take a pledge that development and trust would continue to be our mainstay and that they would be further strengthened. Let us not be engulfed by the darkness of violence ever again. Let us welcome a peaceful Assam, a New Resolute India”, he said.

He termed the signing of the Bodo Accord as all the more significant as India is celebrating the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi this year.

 “Gandhiji used to say that whatever be the fruits of non-violence, they would be accepted by all”, prime minister added.

Dwelling on the Bodo Accord the prime minister said that it would benefit the entire people of the region. He said that the Powers of the Bodo Territorial Council (BTC) have been enhanced and strengthened under the accord.

“Everybody is a winner in this accord, peace is a winner and humanity is a winner in this accord”, he said.

A commission would be formed to determine the boundaries of the Bodo Territorial Area Districts (BTAD).

Modi announced a package of Rs 1500 Crore to benefit Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri of the BTAD.

“This would help in all-round development of Bodo Culture, Region and Education”, he said.

Stressing on the increased responsibility of the BTC and the government of Assam, the prime minister said that the motto of development would be only through Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas and SabkaVishwaas.

“Today, in the Bodo region, new hopes, new dreams, new spirits have been communicated, the responsibility of all of you has increased. I am confident that the Bodo Territorial Council will now develop a new model of development by taking every society here.  This will strengthen Assam and strengthen the spirit of India, a superior India”, Modi added.

He said his government wants to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord and that it is waiting for the report of the committee.

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