BTAD witnessed unprecedented growth and development since 2003: Sonowal

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CM distributes financial assistance to martyrs’ families of Bodo Movement

HT correspondent

KOKRAJHAR, Feb 10: As a mark of tribute to the supreme sacrifice of martyrs who laid down their lives for the cause of autonomy, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal handed over financial assistance in the form of cheque worth Rs 5 lakh each to 20 martyrs’ families at a function organised to celebrate 17th Bodoland Day at Kokrajhar on Sunday.

Altogether 2,624 martyrs’ families will be given Rs. 5 lakh each by Assam government in recognition to their supreme sacrifices which resulted in to signing of Bodo Accord in 2003 between Union government, Assam government and Bodo Liberation Tiger (BLT).

Speaking on the occasion, Sonowal termed the day as historic and paid his tributes to Upen Brahma and other martyrs. He said that Kokrajhar along with other areas once considered as disturbed areas has now become an epitome of peace and development. Since 2003 the BTAD areas witnessed unprecedented growth and development. Laying foundation stone for Medical college, engineering college, sainik school, sports college, forest college in different areas of four districts speaks volume of development narratives being initiated in BTAD areas. BTC has exemplified development which is evident from the infrastructural growth in different areas being unleashed for people belonging to different caste, class, community and ethnicity.

Speaking on the Citizenship Amendment Bill 2016 and ST Status to six community, Sonowal said some vested interests are spreading canards in the pretext of these issues to fulfill their ulterior motive. He also said six communities will be given ST status without disturbing the rights and privileges of the existing STs. He also said that his government is committed to safeguard the interests of indigenous people of the state as the budget presented this year has made substantial allotment for the promotion, preservation and patronage of linguistic, cultural and educational values of the indigenous communities of the state.

Speaking on the development initiates of the present State government, the chief minister said that to bolster development the Investment Summit held in Assam witnessed investment proposals worth Rs 79,000 crore. However within one year of the Summit expression of interest for Rs 50,000 crore has already been made. He also thanked BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary and his colleagues for spearheading a peaceful ambience in BTAD areas which has also catalyzed in expediting the rate of development in the State.

Considering the immense role played by Upen Brahma in the context of growth and development in BTAD areas he said a State Level Award will be instituted in the name of Upen Brahma.

In his address, BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary thanked people and organisations for helping in getting the BTC Accord signed which according to him led the development of BTAD areas. He also said the BTC is committed to bring about development of all sections of the people living in the BTAD areas.

On the occasion people belonging to different communities clad in their traditional dress adorned the meeting ground.

Sonowal also presented Promode Chandra Brahma Literary Award to Jamil kumar Brahma, Nileswar Brahma Award to Sulekha Basumatary and Excellence in Sports Award to ace archer Pallabi Boro.

Social welfare minister Pramila Rani Brahma, tourism minister Chandan Brahma, PHE minister Rihon Daimari, deputy BTC chief Kampa Borgoiary, MP Biswajit Daimari and a host of dignitaries were present on the occasion.


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