Assam CM in BTR

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday attended one-year celebrations of the BJP-UPPL government of the Bodoland Territorial Region at Kokrajhar.

While addressing a gathering on the occasion, chief minister Sarma said, “In this one year, BTR has taken a new momentum towards development.”

Chief minister Sarma also said, “The new government in BTR has completed a glorious one year – the year which was full of challenges. However, notwithstanding the challenges, the government with its commitment has gained a new momentum towards progress.”

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Sarma congratulated the people of BTR, BTC chief Pramod Boro and his colleagues.

Stating that the historic Bodo Peace Accord signed in presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, Sarma said the Accord ushered in a new era of peace in the BTR.

He said the accord increased the scope and power of BTC, resolved issues related to Bodo people and promoted and protected their social, cultural, linguistic identities besides taking bold step to rehabilitate the members of the NDFB factions.

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Sarma also said the government with its initiatives has already rehabilitated 2774 ex-cadres of the NDFB.

He also said the Government College of Kokrajhar will be transformed into a full- fledged university in three years.

Sarma shared government’s decision of setting up of a Bodoland University campus at Udalguri.

He also said the under-construction Kokrajhar Medical College would be dedicated to the public on August 15, 2023.

He said processes are on to upgrade Tamulpur Sub-Division into a district.

He said the construction work of Tamulpur Medical College is going on in full swing.

Commenting on the laying down of arms by 500 poachers as a good omen, Sarma said, this would augur well in promoting wild lives in BTR.

He also said declaration of Raimona reserve forest as National Park is also a good development for BTR.

Setting out his plan for making health care facilities more accessible in BTR, the chief minister said two more model hospitals would be established in Chirang and Baksa.

He also said in BTR, 4,949 landless families would be given land pattas as he requested BTC chief Pramod Boro to create and launch a portal in line with Basundhara for ensuring exclusive land rights to indigenous people in the BTR.

He said his government has already executed its plan of making the Bodo language an associate official language in Assam.

Speaking on the challenges and their manifestations all around, chief minister Sarma urged upon the people of BTR to work for Atmanirbhar BTR.

The chief minister along with Union Minister inaugurated Bodoland Textile Mission and Bodoland Milk Mission.

Union Minister of State for Textiles Darshana Jardosh, Minister of Health and Family Welfare Keshab Mahanta, BTC chief Promod Boro also spoke on the occasion.

Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Ashok Singhal, Minister for WPT & BC UG Brahma, deputy chief BTC Gobinda Basumatary and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.

Earlier in the meeting, a one-minute silence was observed in memory of recently died Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat and others.

Chief minister Sarma also paid floral tributes to Bodofa Upendra Nath Brahma.

Earlier, Dr. Sarma inaugurated Information Technology Park and interacted with the students.

Rinoy Basumatary

Rinoy Basumatary is Northeast Now Correspondent in Kokrajhar. He can be reached at: rinoymasscom@gmail.com