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    Bodo Accord Signatories Reach Assam; Festive Atmosphere Grips Bodoland

    As per the MoS, the existing Bodoland Territorial Area Districts shall be renamed as Bodoland Territorial Region

    Marking an end to 34-year of Bodo militancy, the Centre, Assam government and all the four factions of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) signed a Memorandum of Settlement (Mos) on January 27th, 2020 in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, State minister Himanta Biswa Sarma among others.

    The four factions of the NDFB, which signed the pact, are led by Ranjan Daimary, Govinda Basumatary, Dhiren Boro and B Saoraigwra. The All Bodo Students’ Union was the key signatory of the Bodo Accord.

    The signatories of the Bodo Accord landed in Guwahati at 9:30 am on January 28th, 2020. Hundreds of supporters assembled at the LGBI Airport to welcome their leaders.

    As per the MoS, the government to promote and protect social, cultural, linguistic and ethnic identities of Bodos; to provide legislative safeguards for land rights of tribals; to ensure accelerated developments of tribals and to rehabilitate members of NDFB factions.

    The Assam government will notify Bodo language as the associate official language in the state and will set up a separate directorate for Bodo medium schools.

    Also, as per the MoS, the existing Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) shall be renamed as Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR). The Assam government may consider reorganising the districts, consequent to alteration of the area of BTAD on administrative consideration.

    On the other hand, a festive mood prevailed at the BTAD following the signing of a fresh Bodo Accord in New Delhi. Thousands of Bodo people dressed in their traditional attire took to the streets to celebrate the inking of the historic Accord.

    The women dressed in vibrant ‘dokhona’, ‘jwmgra’ danced Bagurumba as the men played the drum and flute. People in large numbers were also seen distributing sweets among themselves to mark the signing of the agreement.

    A grand felicitation programme followed by a colourful cultural programme and a grand feast is awaiting for the leaders when they reach Chirang from Guwahati on January 28th, 2020.

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