To the next talks, Bodoland has remained an apple of discord as the same geographical location has been demanded by the other communities with fewer competencies. Recently, some of our honoured leaders have claimed themselves as the only precursor of Bodoland movement, that they can conceive separate Bodoland state only on the lines of the present BTC which lacks many advantages of administration development. They think of conceiving a full pledged statehood with increased power of home and finance department to be independent and free from state interference. The govt. hinted it and it may also materialize.
It’s a good idea intertwined with the idea of integrity and understanding. Many of the intellectuals support this idea.
But, the reality has been quite different at present. The recent up rise of the anti-Bodo elements in the heart of Bodoland has resulted due to the deprivation of their rights and privileges as they asserted and it has crippled the very foundation of the unity that the Bodos had been enjoying under the leaderships of BPF and ABSU. It would be a gross mistake on the parts of BPF to say that they had never been a part of Boodoland movement under the aegis of ABSU in the past. It was a time to establish the greater Bodo nation in the corridors of developed nation, but our lethargic and selfish motive has led to the degradation to the root level.
As reported and to everybody’s knowledge, the ABSU will assert its continued demand for Bodoland and in parallel the ruling BPF may assert its influence on to promulgate Home and Finance department to the BTC for more efficient governance. Both are a welcome gesture on the part of the all round development of the Bodoland. Narrow criticism, abusive language and threats will never serve the Bodos for unity and understanding rather may create communal hatred, disharmony and bloodsheds. We have to appease the anti-elements by any means!!!
It’s a time to respond to the call of the day and take a strategic role for the Bodo nation.
Let us shun violence, let peace and unity reign Bodoland.
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Centre for changes in dam design: CMSTAFF ReporterHydro Corporation (NHPC), which is executing the project, will also be implementing the recommendations of the Joint Steering Committee (constituted in consultation with the State Government) with a total financial implication of Rs 470 crore.
GUWAHATI, Oct 17 – The Centre has agreed to provide Assam 300 MW of power, in addition to the already allocated 208 MW, and 25 MW of from the Lower Subansiri Hydro-electric Project. Besides, the Union Power Ministry has also agreed to effect some changes in the dam’s design along with additional as suggested by Dam Panel (DDRP) set up as a follow-up to the recommendations of the Thatte Committee.
Announcing this at a press conference today, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said that the Union Minister of State (independent charge) for Power, Jyotiraditya M Scindia had conveyed the developments to him through an official letter.
Ministry also requested Gogoi to convene tripartite talks with the agitating groups, the NHPC/Government of India and the State Government to resolve the impasse over the project and resume the .
Gogoi said that the continued delay in the resumption of works would cause cost escalation of the project and consequently, an increase in power tariffs that would have to be ultimately borne by the public.
“The Centre has also mentioned this and it is in the interest of Assam that the project is taken to its logical conclusion at the earliest. The Power Ministry has agreed to effect some changes in the project’s design besides incorporating a few additional safety measures,” he added.
The independent Dam Design Review Panel, according from the Union Power Ministry, “has examined the issues involved viz., foundation competency, seismic aspect, dam design review and existing ground conditions and has proposed some additionalsafety measures. The Ministry of Power has accepted the recommendations and the NHPC has been asked to take the project forward on the lines suggested by the DDRP. With these measures put into place, the safety of the dam from the seismic angle will be adequately addressed.”