KOKRAJHAR, Feb 10 – Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has said the Bodo Accord will be reviewed so that its benefits are derived by the people of the region.
Addressing a mammoth gathering on the occasion of the 13th Bodoland Day in the BTC Secretariat field at Bodofa Nwgwr, Kokrajhar today as the chief guest, he said he would take up with the Central Government the issue of all-round development of the area.
Rijiju also emphasised improving the law-and-order situation by solving the militancy problem and appealed to the State Government to take necessary steps towards that end. He assured it of all possible cooperation from the Central Government in this regard.
He said although the region was bestowed with plenty of natural resources, shortage of human resources required for ushering in development was a matter of serious concern for the Central Government. He affirmed that the Centre was taking some positive steps to overcome the problem. Arrangements were on the pipeline to ensure that Central funding to Sixth Schedule areas like BTC did not get delayed, he further said.
Rijiju further said that the dreams of development became meaningless without peace. In this context he referred to several instances of ethnic and inter-community tension that tended to destabilise peace and normalcy in the area. This was counter-productive to the development of the nation he said, adding that if there was any reason to fight then the fight should be directed against illegal migrants.
The Union Minister recalled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision for inclusive development of India through various steps, including reduction of the gap between the North-East and New Delhi. He said several initiatives were being taken to change the face of the North-East before the next Lok Sabha election in 2019.