TEZPUR, Nov 21 – The ABSU is of the opinion that all violence in the State should end in the interest of the overall development of the State. The time has now come to put a positive end to the long agitation of the Bodos for a permanent solution of the vexed problems of the Bodos, said ABSU president Promod Boro while addressing the open session of the 61st anniversary of the BSS and 29th general conference of the Misamari Anchalik ABSU held at Misamarai Dhekipeliwa under the Dhekiajuli Revenue Circle in Sonitpur district with a three-day programme recently.
The ABSU president stated that the Bodos have struggled for almost 40 years for their Constitutional rights including the right to education and right to live as good citizens of the country. But due to the alleged indifferent attitude of the Centre and the State Government, none of the problems has been solved till date. During this long Bodo movement, apart from the loss of hundreds of lives of Bodo people, nothing has been witnessed. He rued that the Bodos have been facing a land problem for years. The land reserved for them in the tribal belts and blocks have allegedly been encroached on and though the Central Government has given total rights to tribal people to live in the forest land under the Forest Right Act, 2006, in Assam, it is yet to be implemented due to the lackaidisical attitude of the State Government. Stressing the need of educational development, the prominent student leader added that present age is the age of competition. “However, the Bodos have been neglected by the State Government and though the HRD Ministry has sanctioned crores of rupees to the State Government to implement the Right to Education Act, 2009, leaving no children uneducated, the Bodo-medium schools do not have with any schemes regarding the appointment process or holding of TET examination,” he alleged.
Referring to the latest situation in the BTC area, Boro said that until the influx problem was checked, the overall situation in and around the BTC would not be stable. The NRC update is a national agenda as well as a legal system, yet a section of people gets irritated when government agencies come forward to execute the same, which is nothing but a threat to the sovereignty of the nation. “If dignity is not assured, agitation will take place, he said and added that the Bodoland is the birthright of the Bodos who have every legitimate right to develop their language and culture.
Holding the Congress-ruled State Government fully responsible for the deteriorating law-and-order situation in the State, he stated that without the good will of the Government, the scene can never improve. The ABSU leader urged the revolutionary groups to review their principles so that general people are not harassed in the name of their revolution.
Echoing the same, Dr Rajib Kumar Doley, Deputy Director, Department of Training and Placement, Tezpur University said that the problems of a society have be judged scientifically because due to the lack of scientific discussion of different issues of the tribal people of the region, they have been lagging behind in comparison to other developed castes even though they have a rich culture and heritage. Giving top priority to quality education to cope with the present-day competitive world, he further said that a good citizen is to be made from the early life of a student and in this regard, guardians have to be sincere.