Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Separate ‘minority development board’ in BTC region demanded

KOKRAJHAR, Feb 5: The All Bodoland Minority Students’ Union (ABMSU) has submitted a 9-point charter of demands for the development of the Muslim community in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) region to BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary at its first annual convention held at Bhotgaon in Kokrajhar district on Sunday.
The ABMSU demanded that there should be a separate ‘Minority Development Board’ (MDB) for the development of Muslims of the region and a separate Haj committee for the BTC region. The memorandum also said that there were three MCLAs including a nominated member in the BTC Legislative Assembly from the Muslim community and one of the members must get a berth of an Executive Member (EM).
Besides, there should be 30 per cent job reservation for the linguistic minorities in the BTC region and recognition of schools and regular payment for the teacher of recognized schools.
The other major demands include the grant of an amount of Rs 20 lakh for the construction of a new office building of the ABMSU at Kashipara and full rehabilitation of the inmates at the Muslim relief camp with financial grant.
Sources said that the BTC leaders announced a grant of Rs 15 lakh for development work in Muslim-populated areas. But the BTC leaders alleged that one of the leaders, Md Monul Hoque, had he prevented the BTC officials from making an inspection at Kashipara in August last year, when they had gone to assess the situation related to people of suspected nationality, who had allegedly occupied Government land. Moinul Hoque also had a heated argument with BTC EM Derhasat Basumatary and other party leaders. He was, however, arrested by the police but released after a few months.

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