Nine months after signing the Bodo Peace Act, the Assam government on Wednesday declared of notifying Bodo as an associate official language of the state.
The cabinet also decided to establish a Bodo Kachari autonomous welfare council for people belonging to Bodo community residing outside 6th Schedule areas.
These two decisions were a part of the clauses of the Accord which was signed on January 27 among the Centre, the Assam government, four Bodo rebel groups and two Bodo organizations.
Assam health, finance and education minister Himanta Biswa Sarma in a tweet said, “The state cabinet has taken two important decisions. Bodo will be the associate official language for the state of Assam. (Setting up of) Bodo Kachari autonomous welfare council outside the 6th Schedule area for welfare of Bodo community.
The state cabinet has taken two important decisions- 1.Bodo will be the Associate official language for the state of Assam. 2. Bodo Kachari autonomous welfare Council outside 6th schedule area for welfare of Bodo community.
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) October 7, 2020
It may be mentioned here that in September the state government announced setting up a commission to redraw the boundary of Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD), which comprises Baksa, Kokrajhar, Udalguri and Chirang districts-one of the accord’s main clauses.
Since then, BTAD has been named as Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) as per another clause in the accord.