Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday said the State Government is working to empower all communities to make them equal partners in the development process in the State.
Speaking on the occasion of the 16th Bodoland Day celebration at Bodofa Nwgwr on Kokrajhar on Saturday, Chief Minister Sonowal appreciated the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) leadership and the Bodo community for heralding peace in the Bodoland Territorial Areas District (BTAD) through harmonious and peaceful co-existence.
Sonowal said, “The best quality of the Bodos is their disciplined, hardworking and courageous nature. These positive traits are immensely helping in their growth. The Bodo community will have to play an important role in taking Assam forward.”
Stating that peaceful environment leads to all-round development in BTAD, Sonowal assured the BTC administration to extend support in all its endeavours for growth in the region.
“Peace in BTC is a result of united effort and this is one of the greatest catalysts in ushering development in BTAD. The state Government would support the BTC administration in their development initiatives,” added Sonowal.
Stating that Assam Government is giving a renewed push in business relations with the Bhutan Government, which would ultimately lead to rapid growth in the BTAD areas, Sonowal said that steps are afoot to build an international highway covering 264 KM along the border areas of Assam connecting BTAD with Bhutan.
This developmental move has already received in-principal approval of the central government and would formally take off soon after clearance from the Environment & Forest Ministry, he said.
Delivering his speech, BTC Chief Hagrama Mohilary said unequivocal support received from all sections of people of the BTAD has resulted in rapid development in the region.
Highlighting its various initiatives, Mohilary informed that the BTC administration would soon take scores of measures for all round development of the Bodo people living all across the state.
The BTC administration would build offices of Bodo Sahitya Sabha, All Bodo Women Federation and All Bodo Students Association in the district outside the jurisdiction of BTAD and also would open one institution each in all the four districts of the BTAD to provide opportunities for learning Assamese language to Bodo people. The institute would also impart classes on Bodo language also for the benefit of non-Bodo people, he informed.
As part of the programme, Mohilary paid homage to the martyrs of the Bodoland movement at the Bodoland Cemetery situated at Debargaon. Later Mohilary hoisted the national flag at the Secretariat ground. He also paid homage and respect by offering flower at the statue of Bodofa Upendranath Brahma in front of the BTC Assembly.
Agriculture Minister Atul Bora, Environment & Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma, MP Biswajit Daimary, BTC Deputy Chief Khampa Borgoyari also delivered speech on the Bodoland Day celebration.
Various awards like Jwhwlao Nileswar Brahma Award, Pramod Chandra Brahma Literary Award were presented at the programme. Besides, sports personality who brought laurels to Assam and BTAD were also felicitated on the occasion.
PHED Minister Rihon Daimary, several MLAs, Executive Members of BTC, President of Bodo Sahitya Sabha Taren Bodo also attended the programme.