Statehood tops Bodo students' list of priorities as chief minister says no to further break-up

Kokrajhar, Feb. 9: The All Bodo Students' Union (Absu) resolved to continue its movement for a separate state on the concluding day of its three-day 45th annual conference today at Goibari Nwgwr in Tamulpur in Baksa district.

It also called for strict scrutiny of the rehabilitation of "suspicious" people in BTAD and the rest of the state to ensure identification of illegal Bangladeshi migrants.

Absu president Promode Boro said the movement for separate state would continue and slammed the Centre for not fulfilling the long-standing demand of the Bodos. "Absu is prepared to launch a strong democratic movement any time to pressurise the government of India," he said.

The students' union also resolved to move the BTC administration and the state government to come clear on the matter of job reservation in the BTAD and Assam.

"The union wants the BTC administration to come up with a clear-cut recruitment policy to safeguard the rights of Scheduled Tribes. It also wants the government of Assam to fill up all ST backlog posts in every department all over the state," Boro said.

Regarding education, Absu resolved to continue work in accordance with the 2007-2015 action plan ' Mission Quality Education ' and carry on with the movement till all problems pertaining to Bodo-medium were addressed.

It also resolved to pressurise the government to provincialise all Bodo-medium venture institutions right from lower primary to college level and also to implement the Right to Education Act all over the state.

Another resolution of the union is to work towards eradication of the evil practice of witch-hunting and urged the government to come up with a law to compensate the victims' families and punish the culprits.

It also resolved to move the state government to include the life history and philosophy of Bodofa Upendra Nath Brahma in the curriculum of Bodo-medium schools in the state.

A new executive body was formed, with Boro retaining the president's post. Romeo P. Narzary became the new general secretary, replacing Jiron Basumatary, who is now the vice-president.

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