Guwahati: Both Centre and state government decided to expedite the rehabilitation of the disbanded National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) militants and their families in order to ensure their alternative livelihood and upliftment of their socio-economic status.
On Friday, the Centre, Assam government and the disbanded militant group leaders held a high level meeting at CM’s Conference Hall, Janata Bhawan on implementation of Memorandum of Settlement signed on January 27 this year.
The meeting focused mainly on rehabilitation of the NDFB militants and their families in order to ensure their alternative livelihood and upliftment of their socio-economic status.
The State’s Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes Department minister Chandan Brahma chairing the meeting said, “Government is committed towards fulfillment of all the points incorporated in the memorandum and also appealed to all the departments to work in integration so as to augment realisation of political, economic and social aspirations of the Bodo community and to ensure implementation of the Memorandum of the Settlement in spirit.”
The central government in January had signed an accord with one of the insurgent groups NDFB providing political and economic bonanza.
The All Bodo Students’ Union (Absu), which had spearheaded the separate Bodoland state movement, was also a signatory to the accord.
The tripartite agreement was signed by Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal, top leadership of the four factions of the NDFB, ABSU, joint secretary in the home ministry Satyendra Garg and Assam chief secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna in presence of Union home minister Amit Shah.
After the lone outfit demanding a separate Bodoland state, NDFB (Saoraigwra), came overground on and decided to join the peace parleys, the Centre expedited the process of reaching an “ultimate” solution to the Bodo issue festering since the late eighties.
The treaty was the third such settlement with the Bodo groups since 1993, when the memorandum of settlement (Bodo Accord) signed in Guwahati, paved the way for setting up the Bodoland Autonomous Council.
The BTC elections were awaited.