GUWAHATI, Dec 6 – Assam Governor JB Patnaik today held a meeting with Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) deputy chief Kampa Borgoiyari, Minister, Welfare of Plains Tribes & Other Backward Classes, Transport and Tourism, Chandan Brahma and Principal Secretary BTAD, Mukesh Sahu at Raj Bhavan.
During the meet, the Bodoland Territorial Autonomous District (BTAD) representatives consented to comply with the suggestions made by the Governor for controlling violence in BTAD.
Initiating the discussion, the Governor emphasized that rehabilitation of displaced people should be carried out within a definite timeframe on the basis of the voters list and not only on the basis of land ownership as landless people were there in every community of the State and the problem of the landless is not only limited to Bodoland alone.
Patnaik suggested that an agreement between the Bodoland administration and the GoM was for a limited purpose and for a limited period, and that is now long over.
“The voters list should be taken as the basis because every voter is supposed to be a citizen of the country and in a democracy, the people’s
representatives are elected by the registered voters of the country and Bodoland Council has also been a representative of the people of Bodoland on the basis of voters lists of respective periods of 2005 and 2010,” Patnaik said, adding that denying voters their citizenship would mean neglecting the process of elected democracy in the country.
Patnaik said that he was endowed with special powers under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India for the governance of Sixth Schedule areas. He suggested that the BTC should apprise him of the development and other issues regularly from time to time.
The Governor further added that the accounts of the BTC should be properly maintained and got audited by the Accountant General of Assam and the reports placed before the Legislature.
He suggested immediate introduction of the Panchayati system in BTC areas which was an essential part of democratic reforms so that the fruits of development could be enjoyed by the people at the grassroots.