Addressing a huge rally Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on 07 February, 2020 said signing of the Bodo Peace Accord was a historic agreement that will bring peace to the region. Prime Minister was addressing a rally in Kokrajhar, Assam to celebrate the signing of the Bodo Peace Accord.
PM Shri Modi said insurgency in the region had been raging on for decades and had claimed thousands of lives, but past governments were reluctant in addressing the problems. He said the Northeastern states were the worst sufferers of this reluctance.
Speaking about the Bodo Accord, Shri Narendra Modi said, “Today is the day to acknowledge the support of all young people belonging to the All Bodo Students Union (ABSU), National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), BTC Chief Hagrama Mohilary and the Assam government, who played a very positive role for this agreement.”
The PM said the Bodo Accord brings to an end a problem that had been persisting for decades and marks the beginning of a new era of peace and progress.
“Under the accord, a commission will also be given to fix the boundary of the area falling within BTAD. This region will get a special development package of Rs 1500 crore, which will largely benefit districts like Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Udalguri,” Shri Modi said.
The Bodo Accord was signed on January 27 by the Modi government with four factions of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB), All Bodo Students’ Union and a civil society group for bringing a lasting peace in Bodo-dominated areas in Assam.
Over 1,615 cadres of different factions of the NDFB surrendered their arms and joined the mainstream within two days of the signing of the agreement.
“The agreement’s signed in 1993 and 2003 could not bring permanent peace in BTAD.
Speaking to the public, PM Shri Narendra Modi NDA government has changed the perception towards the Northeast. “Earlier, the Northeastern states were considered to be recipient states. But today they are being seen as engines of growth.”
“We have to work together for peace and development of Northeast and we will not allow violence to return,” he said. Last week, 1615 cadres of all the factions of NDFB laid down arms in front of Assam Chief Minister Shri Sarbananda Sonowal at an event in Guwahati.
Kokrajhar decorated with 70,000 lamps to welcome PM
Kokrajhar was decorated with 70,000 earthen lamps to welcome Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to celebrate the signing of Bodo Peace Accord.
Assam finance minister Shri Himanta Biswa Sarma, who monitored the entire preparations, while sharing a video on his Twitter handle, said: “What a Spectacular View! Kokrajhar is all decked up with 70,000 earthen lamps to welcome Hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi to Assam on February 07.”