|ABSU wants ST(H) issue in UPDS pact|
KOKRAJHAR, Nov 23 – The All Bodo Student Union (ABSU) has expressed their confidence that as per desire of the Bodo people, the proposed agreement likely to be signed between UPDS and the Union government on November 25 this month will essentially accommodate the ST Hill status for the Bodos living in Karbi Anglong district.
In a press statement ABSU president Promod Boro, welcoming the optimistic development in the talks of UPDS towards the agreement, said that it will certainly honour the “maximum hopes and aspiration of the Karbi people and resolve all the problems of the community who have been struggling for their political rights since decades long”. He has also pointed out that this agreement will definitely accommodate ABSU’s long demand for ST Hills status for the Bodos living in Karbi Anglong district, “as it is an already resolved issue by both the Central and State governments and it must be translated into reality on humanity ground so that the Bodo people living in the district can live with dignity and minimum recognition they can preserve their identity, language and culture”.
Boro further stated that Clause No-8 of the Bodo Accord of February 10, 2003 signed by RC Jain, Secretary (BM) MHA Govt of India, PK Dutta, Chief Secretary, Govt of Assam and the then BLT Chairman distinctly mentioned and resolved the issue to grant ST Hills status to the Bodos living in the two Hill districts of Assam, however, has not been translated into reality after long eight years.
At the same time he clarified that ABSU’s stand is that all the communities should get their rights and justice under the constitution while peace and development will come through a meaningful accord being implemented for which ABSU has urged that “both the Government and the department concerned not to do any futile exercise which only hatches regional problem and regional tension rather then building peace and normalcy”