GUWAHATI, Aug 10 - BPF MLA Rabiram Narzary has called upon the State Government to accord equal status to martyrs of the Bodoland movement or par with martyrs of the Assam Agitation.
Taking part in the General Discussion on the Budget in the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday, Narzary welcomed the Budget announcement to pay a one-time ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh per family of the martyrs of the Assam Agitation.
Narzary said that around 1,100 people sacrificed their lives during the Bodoland movement and the State Government should also do something for the families of such people, on the lines of the schemes announced for family members of the martyrs of Assam Agitation.
Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had proposed a budgetary allocation of Rs 30 crore in the Budget presented on July 26 for ex-gratia to families of the martyrs of Assam Agitation. Appreciating the Budget, Narzary said that the Government should also allocate more funds for upgrading the educational infrastructure of the BTAD region and demanded that a campus of the Bodoland University should be set up at Udalguri College.
“We also want a Cancer Hospital and Research Centre at Kokrajhar,” he said.