News:Government of India has signed the third Bodo accord with the nine factions of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland(NDFB).
Key provisions of the agreement:
- To provide political, economic, executive and land rights to Bodo tribals and will safeguard their cultural and linguistic identities.
- The Centre and State Government will provide financial assistance of 1,500 crore rupees for economic development of the community.
- Increase the scope and powers of the Bodo Territorial Council (BTC) and to streamline its functioning.
- Commission to be setup under Sixth Schedule of the Constitution to recommend the inclusion or exclusion of tribal population residing in villages adjoining Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) areas.
- Government of Assam will also establish a Bodo-Kachari Welfare Council.
- The government will notify Bodo language as an associate official language in the state and will set up a separate directorate for Bodo medium schools and
- Rehabilitate members of National Democratic Front of Bodoland(NDFB) factions.
- The National Democratic Front of Bodoland(NDFB) is an armed separatist outfit which seeks to obtain a sovereign Bodoland for the Bodo people.
- It is designated as a terrorist organisation by the Government of India.It traces its origin to Bodo Security Force, a militant group formed in 1986.
- Bodos are the single largest tribal community in Assam, making up over 5-6 per cent of the state’s population. They have controlled large parts of Assam in the past.
- The first Bodo accord was signed with the All Bodo Students Union (ABSU) in 1993, leading to the creation of a Bodoland Autonomous Council(BAC) with limited political powers.
- The second accord was inked in 2003 with the rebel outfit Bodo Liberation Tigers which led to the creation of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) in Assam.