Guwahati: Union Home Minister Amit Shah today asserted that the BJP-led governments at the Centre and Assam was committed to the development of all sections of people, which had resulted in the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) agreement that completed one year today.
Attending a function to mark the first anniversary of the BTR agreement at Kokrajhar, Shah said the problem of the Bodo people, which had been continuing over several years and claimed more than 5,000 lives, was resolved as a result of the firm resolve and guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, paving the way for development in the Bodo region.
Shah said, “I have come to assure you that the Bodo region which was once bloodied, where the people took up arms and kidnappings were rampant, will emerge as the most developed area in a few years. Both Bodo and non-Bodo are present in this rally, conveying the message that both Bodos and non-Bodos are sons of the soil, children of India and both are striving for peace together.”
The Union inister said the Prime Minister started ending the unrest not only in Assam but the entire North East and it started with the Bodo Peace Agreement, followed by the Bru-Reang Agreement.
He further said the Prime Minister has done the work of scrapping Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution from Jammu and Kashmir and in the recent Panchayat elections there, police did not have to shoot a single bullet and peaceful polling took place.
He maintained that earlier Governments also signed many Agreements but they were not followed, assurances were made but not fulfilled, but now there is this Government led by Narendra Modi, promises were being fulfilled.
He said a number of projects have been initiated for the Bodo region and efforts are being made promptly for their development.
He said an assistance of Rs. 4 lakh has been started for all surrendered militants.
The work of honouring the Bodo language is also being done and the long pending demand was fulfilled by according it the status of the state’s co-language, he added.
Shah further said the fight against Corona under the leadership of the Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma took place with great success and the death rate was limited to 0.47 percent, which is very commendable.
Chief Minister Sonowal, Health Minister Dr Sarma BTR chief Pramod Boro, among others, were also present on the occasion.