The Assam BJP administration established a new Bodoland Department on Wednesday to expeditiously develop the tribal-dominated Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) in western Assam, authorities said.
According to an official, the Assam cabinet — led by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma — has established a distinct Bodoland Department to ensure the BTR’s holistic and rapid development. The BTR is comprised of the four districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa, and Udalguri.
According to the official, the different facets of Bodoland, which borders Bhutan and West Bengal, were formerly overseen by the Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes Department.
Following the signing of the Bodo peace pact with the Central government on January 27, 2020, in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah in New Delhi, terrorist activities in the BTR have been substantially contained.
On January 30 last year, after the signing of the pact, 1,615 cadres from four factions of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) lay down their massive stockpile of weaponry and ammunition. The establishment of the Bodoland Department was one of the Bodo peace accord’s pledges.
According to the source, Wednesday’s council of ministers meeting also resolved to establish the Bodoland Administrative Staff College in Kokrajhar, which would begin operations shortly.
The Bharatiya Janata Party and its new partner United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL) got two and six seats, respectively, in the March-April assembly elections, while the Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) got four seats.