KOKRAJHAR, DEC 15: The new chief executive member of Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) Pramod Boro took oath of office and secrecy at a programme held at Bodofa Nwgwr in Kokrajhar on Tuesday where Chief Secretary of Assam, Jishnu Baruah administered him oath of office.
The Chief Secretary also administered Gobinda Basumatary as the Deputy Chief and Gautam Das, Ghanashyam Das and Diganta Baruah as executive members of the council in presence of chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
Speaking on the occasion, chief minister Sonowal exuded confidence that the Pramod Boro led new Council would script never before successes in catapulting socio-economic development of the BTR areas. Paying rich tributes to Bodofa Upendra Nath Brahma, chief minister Sonowal said that this great personality discovered the hidden potential of the Bodos. Because of the vision drafted by this great personality in the fields of socio, cultural, academic and political landscape, the BTR is in a position to make a strong statement in its prosperity.
Chief Minister Sonowal on the occasion expressed his gratitude to all sections of the voters for electing the new members for a new Council. He also said that the new Council led by Pramod Boro would take all the people belonging to Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri on board towards development. He said that Pramod Boro took oath to make a BTR free from insurgency and corruption and strengthen the harmonious co-existence of all the people in BTR.
Attributing the Bodo Accord 2020 to the contributions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Sonowal also expressed confidence that the new accord would bolster peace and development in the region by strengthening the social, economic, academic landscape of the people.
Sonowal said that in the 21st century, the BJP led government took a resolution to make Assam stronger on all fields. Responding to a call by the Prime Minister to make an Atma Nirbhar Bharat, Sonowal said that Government of Assam has also taken steps for making Assam self-reliant as the government is pursuing the mission very dedicatedly. Chief Minister Sonowal said that the new Council should strive to give respect, identity and dignity to all sections of the people of the BTR. He also said that the voters of BTR have strengthened the hands of Prime Minister Modi to bring about positive changes in the region. He further said that the time has come to bring about tangible development in the BTR as he requested the new Council led by Pramod Boro to work with dedication to create a robust development narrative in the region.
Stating that development of a region depends on cooperation of all stake holders, Sonowal requested the UPPL, BJP, GSP to work unitedly for peace and prosperity of the BTR. He even requested BPF supremo Hagrama Mohilary to extend all cooperation. Sonowal said that the development of all districts namely Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri is possible only through harmony. Chief Miniser Sonowal also attributed the ‘change of guard’ in the BTR to the end of intimidating days in the region. He also said that the four districts of the BTR are full of natural resources, as the new dispensation needs to create a broad roadmap for transforming BTR into a potential tourist destination. He at the same time assured all government help to the new Council to expedite development of the region. He also observed that from now onwards there will not be any impediment for the indigenous people to sell or purchase lands. He said that the members of the proscribed organizations NDFB understanding the futility of violence gave up extremism and returned to the main stream of the society. He said that all the cadres of NDFB who came to the main stream would be adequately rehabilitated. He also said that a package worth Rs. 60 crore would soon be announced. He also said that the cadres belonging to Adivasi, Santhal etc who would come over ground and give up violence would also be rehabilitated.
Speaking on the occasion, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said that peace brings prosperity and development creates new horizon of possibilites. Thanking the Prime Minister and Union Home Minister for Bodo Accord, Dr. Sarma said that the new accord would be conducive to fulfil the aims and aspirations of the people of Bodo areas. He also emphasised that by bringing about equal development of all people living in the BTR, the dream of Bodofa will be made successful. By giving the Bodo language an official status, giving development councils for all the Bodos living out side BTR areas, giving relaxations to provincialization rules of the schools located at BTR, the present State government has taken a series of steps for the development of BTR. He also announced that in the coming days, steps will be taken to set up new educational institutions, new stadium, campus of Bodoland University at Udalguri, Medical College at Tamulpur and setting up colleges in each of all the 40 constituencies in the BTR. He also said that from 2021, Kokrajhar Medical College would start functioning.
While delivering his address BTC chief executive member Pramod Boro thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Health Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma and said that the Bodo Accord would spell an end to the era of fear psychosis in the region and usher in an era of peace and tranquillity. Stating that the violence had taken several lives in the BTR, the new Chief said that from now onwards there will exist an ambience of peace and prosperity, friendship, camaraderie and brotherhood. He also said that the 2.40 lakh homeless people living in the BTR would be given houses, besides drinking water and good quality roads in all areas of the region.
“Kokrajhar would be building up as a peace and integrity city in days to come”, Boro said adding that the UPPL, BJP, GSP alliance government in BTC will be emphasised for paving the way good governance and corruption free society.
He said that the alliance government is committed to work for the welfare and development of the citizens with dedication. He has urged all sections of communities to extend cooperate to bring an integrated and tranquility amongst the society in the region.
After taking oath as chief executive member of BTC, Pramod Boro has assumed in his office at BTC Secretariat today and took charge.
Boro met BTC Secretariat official and staffs at a meeting and discussed about official activity and functions.
He said that BTC Secretariat is for peoples of the four districts and so officials must work dedicatedly towards uplift of the citizens.
He has urged the secretariat official and staffs to be punctual while discharging their respective duties and responsibilities.
He said that his government will be stressing for building corruption free society in the council region.
He has assured of that portfolios of the executive members would be allotted within a week as well executive members would be expanded within five days.
Minister of State for Irrigation Bhabesh Kalita, MPs Naba Sarania, Pallab Lochan Das, Dilip Saikia, Chairman Housefed Ranjeet Kumar Dass, Chief Executive Members of Karbi, Dimasa, Mising Autonomous Councils and a host of other dignitaries were present on the occasion.