The central government is all set to sign an agreement on the Bodoland issue for the third time, the Bodo agreement will be signed today at around 1:30 PM.
Home Minister Amit Shah and Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, factions of the rebel group National Democratic Front of Bodoland and the All Bodo Students ' Union will represent the Union government in the tripartite agreement to be signed. Union Home Secretary Satyendra Garg will also attend the meeting and Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna will also attend.
This accord seeks to restore peace and tranquillity in the region by giving the Bodoland people special economic and political provisions.
First Bodo Accord
In 1993, the Bodo Accord was first signed with the All Bodo Students Union, which led to the creation of an Autonomous Council of Bodoland (BAC). BAC has limited rules on politics and the economy.
Second Bodo Accord
The second Accord with the rebel group Bodo Liberation Tigers (BLT) was signed later in 2003, leading to the creation of a Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC). The BTC comprised four Assamdistricts–Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baska and Udalguri. It had offered more financial and political independence.
Proposed Bodo Accord
According to the new accord, five new districts will be created and included in BTAD. Its jurisdiction will be extended to Sonitpur and Lakhimpur by creating Mainaosri and Holongi districts, according to claims by The Hindu.
The proposed new autonomous council will also have special rights for the domiciles, and “outsiders” will have to obtain a “permit” to work in these areas. The draft says the persons “allowed to stay within the council for time being on work permit” will not have the right to vote.
However, Finance and Health Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma, denied reports of any new village or area to be added to the BTAD. The Centre has informed the state government that no Union Territory will be created or new areas be added to the BTAD, but the accord will ensure that the territorial integrity of Assam is maintained,” said Sarma.
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