KOKRAJHAR, March 26: BTC chief Hagrama Mohilary presented the BTC Budget for the year 2008-09 at the Budget session which got underway recently at the BTC Assembly hall.
The Bill on Village Council Multi-purpose Co-operative Society (VCMCS), 2008 was also passed unanimously in the House. The Bill was placed before the House last year but required some necessary amendments. The Education EM of BTC Emanuel Mashahari placed the Bodoland Non-Government Educational Institution Regulation & Management Bill, 2008, before the House, but the bill was not passed as members of the House demanded proper verification and scrutiny of the rules in the bills.
Meanwhile, chief of BTC Hagrama Mohilary said that out of the 39 projects approved by the Central Government at an estimated cost of Rs 443.28 crore, 5 projects have been completed. Another 10 projects involving a cost of Rs 78.95 crore is at various stages of completion.
Mohilary said the BTC has submitted a proposal for increasing the special BTC package from the existing Rs 500 crore to Rs 1,000 crore and the matter has been taken up with the Ministry of Home Affairs. He also said PWD has been allocated Rs 29 crore in 2007-08. During 2007, ten roads were repaired and village roads at the cost of Rs 1 crore were constructed, Mohilary said.
Mohilary further said that the BTC has earmarked Rs 340 lakh for the health sector. An amount of Rs 323.12 lakh was spent under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) and the RN Brahma Civil Hospital has been upgraded at a cost of Rs 7 crore.
Mohilary added that the BTC has earmarked another Rs 11.05 crore for education, Rs 3 crore for agriculture and Rs 4.6 crore for agriculture and tourism, and another Rs 180 lakh for handloom and textile units.
Bodosa completes 17 years: The Bodosa daily newspaper, published from Kokrajhar, celebrated its 17 years service to the people of the region here recently .
The Bodosa newspaper started its journey on March 24, 1991 which was inaugurated by the then president of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha (BSS) late Kamal Kumar Brahma. It started its mission as a weekly in the initial stage but became a daily some years back.
In an interview, the owner-cum-chief editor of Bodosa, Chino Basumatary, who is also the president of All Assam Small News papers Owners’ Association said the successful of Bodosa daily was due to the support and sympathy of the people.
He said the Bodosa being the longest serving newspaper among the Bodo language has a great challenge to keep it alive for the greater interest of Bodo language and literature besides highlighting the grievances of the people.
Sources said that the Bodosa daily was banned by the former BLT Welfare Society on February, 2007. The ban has not been till today, sources added.