Guwahati, June 8: The Assam government has approved Rs 160 crore under a rehabilitation programme for 4036 cadres of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).

To review the status of the implementation of the BTR Accord, a meeting was held in Assam Chief Minister’s Office on Monday.

The Assam Chief Minister’s Office stated that the rehabilitation programme for the NDFB cadres would be conceptualized and designed by the BTC in association with State Institute for Panchayat and Rural Development which would be coordinated by Inspector General Special Branch of Assam Police Hiren Nath.

Under the programming skill, development training would be imparted to 4036 NDFB cadres in several parts of the BTR for their socio-economic development.

The meeting took place under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma in presence of Minister for Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes (only BTC) Urkhao Gwra Brahma, Chief Executive Member BTC Promod Boro and several executive members also decided to expedite the means for empowering the Council to enable the BTR Accord signed on January 27, 2020, to usher in renewed peace.

Assam government approves Rs 160 crore for welfare of 4036 NDFB cadres

Moreover, the identity of the Bodo people, their culture, language and education aspects were also discussed.

Chief Minister Sarma in the meeting also advocated to promote and build a social empowerment narrative around Bodofa Upendra Nath Brahma’s philosophy for the Bodo people.

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Himanta Biswa Sarma directed to expeditiously complete the construction of the Cultural Complex cum Centre of Excellence to be built in the name of Bodofa Upendra Nath Brahma along with other development works which are intrinsically associated with the pride and prestige of the Bodo people.

The meeting also decided that the Welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes (for BTC) to be reconstituted and renamed as BTC Affairs Department which will work exclusively for the welfare of the Bodo people.

Chief Minister Sarma also said that office cum residential quarters for the IGP, DIG, Additional SPs and DSPs should be built in the BTR districts within a stipulated time frame.

Chief Secretary Jishnu Baruah, Special DGP L.R. Bishnoi, Special DGP G.P. Singh, Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Samir Kumar Sinha, Principal Secretary Home and Political Neeraj Verma, Principal Secretary WPT&BC Mukesh Sahu, Principal Secretary  Revenue Avinash Joshi, Principal Secretary Education B. Kalyan Chakravarthy, IGP SB Hiren Nath, Commissioner and Secretary Education PreetomSaikia and other senior officers of the government were present at the meeting.