Student bodies demands review of BTC accord

Kokrajhar, Dec 6: Several students union organisations representing different communities today united to demand review of the historic Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) accord in order to pave the way equal rights, distribution and uplift of the communities in BTAD region in the state of Assam.

The organisations have announced a series of agitation programmes starting from December 10 in support of demanding review of the BTC accord and equal rights & development among society.

 A joint meeting of the six-student bodies, representing various communities, was held at AKRSU office at Dimalgaon in Kokrajhar on Thursday and resolved resolution for several protest agitations from December 10 to put pressure government for review of the historic BTC accord immediate. The organisations are included, All Koch Rajbongshi Students Union(AKRSU), All Adivasgi Students Association of Assam(AASAA),All BTC Minority Students Union(ABMSU), All BTAD Nath Yogi Students Union, All Santhali Students Union(AASU) and All Kalita Students Union.

  Speaking the reporters after the meeting at a Press Conference held at AKRSU office,AKRSU president Arun Roy, general secretary Gokul Barman,adviser Hiteshwar Barman, ABMSU vice president Ali Azham Sheik, Nath Yogi president Arabinda Nath,Salims Ekka have alleged that common  citizens are deprived from getting equal rights and development in the BTAD region due to insincerity from the government as well BTAD administration.

 The organisation leaders have opined that common citizens must get healthy development and equal rights in the field of political,socio-economic and integration. They voice for the all round development and social uplift among all sections of communities to make healthy and developed region in the state. The student bodies demanded early review of the BTC accord and make all round welfare uplift among societies.

The students union organizations have declared a series of protests agitation seeking equal rights,distribution and equal upliftment in the region beginning from December 10.

A mass protest rally will be staged in Kokrajhar on December 10 through which a memorandum would be submitted to the Chief Minister,PM seeking review of the BTC accord,district level protest dharna on December 14 in BTAD region and Raj Bhawan gherao on December 21.

Mentioned be made that historic BTC accord was signed on February 10(2003) in a tripartite talk between centre, state government and BLT leaders comprising four districts.

 As per the accord spirit, there are 40 constituencies have been created in the four districts in BTAD, in which 30 seats are reserved for STs,5 reserved for non STs and 5 open for all communities.

The organization leaders slammed government for not initiating proper welfare measures for the backward communities who are living under miserable situations. They have urged government to take necessary initiative to make proper and healthy integration in the region.