GUWAHATI: The commission headed by retired IAS officer PP Verma, constituted for demarcating the new boundaries of the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR), is expected to submit its report by August 15.
The commission was a result of the latest BTR peace accord signed in 2020 in which it was promised that several Bodo-inhabited areas in the state would be included in the BTR. Similarly, a few villages have also appealed to exclude them from the BTR.
“The boundary commission is to give a new shape to the BTR. The commission is working in the right direction to demarcate the BTR boundary. The committee’s report is expected before August 15,” said Assam’s finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Sarma also informed that several areas currently under the Sonitpur and Biswanath districts may get included in the new BTR.
“Already many groups from Gohpur, Biswanath Chariali and from various other areas have forwarded their willingness to get included in the BTR,” he said.
Sarma added that for the rest of the scattered population of the Bodo community, the interim council of the Bodo Kachari Autonomous Council will be constituted for Bodos living outside BTR by February 15. This council will cover Bodos living in Karbi Anglong, Dhemaji, Golaghat and other districts.
As BJP apprehended not to perform well in some 20 minority-dominated seats in lower Assam, the party has been targeting to bag all the 12 assembly seats in the BTR.
During the recent BTR polls, BJP has snapped its ties with Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) and forged an alliance with Pramod Boro led-United People’s Party Liberal (UPPL). The minister also said that the saffron party will continue its alliance with UPPL in the state polls too.