KOKRAJHAR, Jan 11 – As per the notification of the Governor of Assam, the one-day BTC Assembly session was held on Monday at the BTC Assembly House in Kokrajhar.
The session was chaired by the speaker of BTC, Paniram Brahma. The session discussed at length issues relating to settlement of land bordering Kokrajhar and Dhubri district besides encroachment and eviction operation in reserve forest areas under the BTAD. However, relief and rehabilitation measures in Langsung Forest area could not be carried out as the Department of Relief and Rehabilitation has not been transferred to the BTC Government which figured during the discussion in the winter session.
Later, talking to media persons, Hagrama Mohilary, chief of BTC, said that a BTC Assembly team comprising 13 members has been constituted to visit the area and camp inmates along the Assam-Meghalaya border in Goalpara district to take stock of the situation and distribute 60,000 blankets to the riot victims. He also appealed to the people of the area to maintain peace and unity while terming the incidents as most unfortunate.
At the same time, Mohilary said that a Bodo national conference delegation is also slated to meet the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister on January 14 to facilitate the peace talk process with NDFB (P). He also informed from his own sources that the NDFB (R) faction has kept themselves under “suspension of operation” for six months. This delegation will also persuade the Government to take advantage of the situation and initiate talks with the NDFB groups.
Meanwhile the BTC has granted a financial assistance of Rs 15 lakh to the Assam Government Pensioners’ Association for infrastructural development.
Economic blockade: The 12-hour highway and economic blockade called by the NDFB on Monday demanding free passage to the chairman of NDFB Ranjan Daimary and initiating peace process, evoked spontaneous response in all the districts under the BTAD. Traffic in the BTAD area was affected during the bandh period. No untoward incident was reported.