Bodo Accord added a new chapter in the book of peace : PM Modi
By Hemanta Kumar Nath, 07/02/2020, Guwahati

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that, the Bodo Peace Accord added a new chapter in the book of peace. Addressing a public gathering in Assam’s Kokrajhar to celebrate the Bodo Peace Accord signed on January 27, Prime Minister Modi said that, the Bodo Peace Accord won peace and non-violence and he committed to develop the Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD), Assam and the North Eastern region.

“Today after decades, the road to the development of people and this region has been empowered. I welcome everyone involved in the Bodoland movement to India’s mainstream. After five decades of struggle, the hopes and aspirations of every protestor has been respected. This is an inspiration for the entire world to give up violence and live amicably and peacefully. The arrival of peace to Assam is a historic moment.

The road for permanent peace has opened up. Today is the day to celebrate the culture, heritage and tradition of the region,” PM Modi said. He further said that “We won’t allow the darkness of terrorism to return here. No citizen will die of violence anymore.” “Under the Accord, a special development package of Rs 1500 crore will be given to develop and helps the Bodos.21st centuary India has decided to get rid of the problems of the past.

Today, the country wants solutions to all problems. The issues of the North Eastern region were serious and we worked on it with a new approach. Earlier, there was a fight for a homeland in the Northeast. But, today, they have accepted India as its homeland. Earlier, this region was thought to be far from Delhi. But, today Delhi is very close to you and hears you with care,” Modi said.The Prime Minister also said that, in the 13th Finance Commission, all states of Northeast got less than Rs 90,000 crore. “In 14th Finance Commission, after we came to power, the allocation increased to Rs 3 lakh crore,” Modi said.

On January 27, the centre and the Assam government signed the Bodo peace accord with four fractions of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) and United Bodo People’s Organization (UBPO) in New Delhi in presence of Union Home minister Amit Shah.This is Modi’s first visit to Assam since mass protests erupted in the state against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

Modi had canceled his visit to Assam two times in past two months.Modi also said that, the government is now trying to implement Clause 6 of the Assam Accord and the government will act on it swiftly after the committee submits its report. Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, state minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mahilari, leaders of ABSU, NDFB were present in the mass meeting.