GUWAHATI: After a year of laying down their arms, 1,279 former cadres of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) today converged in the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) auditorium in Guwahati, Assam at a ceremonial distribution of financial grants. This comes nearly a month after the conclusion of the polls in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) that saw a coalition comprising the UPPL-BJP-GSP rising to power.
The grants, which were in the form of fixed deposits Rs 4 lakh each to the former members, were handed over by Assam's Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal here today.
Assam Government distributed financial grants to 1279 former members of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) today.
"From the Assam Government and Centre, we have brought financial benefits to you. We hope that you will help establish peace and play a key role in the shaping of Assam as a powerful state," Sonowal stated during his address, adding that their joining the mainstream has not only ushered in peace in the 4 BTC districts of Kokrajhar, Chirang, Baksa and Uldalguri, but in all 4 corners of the State.
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"Not only in the 4 districts of Assam -- rather, all the people of Assam are exuberant as everyone desires peace, as development is not feasible without peace," he stated.
Promod Boro, the Chief of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC), who was present at the occasion, also welcomed the former militants into the mainstream for "peace-building" purpose. Boro, the leader of the United People's Party Liberal (UPPL), was one of the key signatories of the third Bodo Accord. Notably, the leader - one of the most vocal supporters of the 'separate state Bodoland' movement, went mum after the signing and soon announced his entry into politics. Boro also enjoyed the support of the pro-talks faction of the NDFB, and has elected its leader Gobinda Basumatary as his Deputy.
Chief Secretary Jishnu Baruah and Director General of Police (DGP) Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta were also present at the ceremony.
The process of disbanding the 34-year-old National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) began in January of 2020, with 1,615 members of its three factions laying down arms at an official ceremony. In February, all the four factions of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) were unified at Bijni under Chirang district.
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