Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday held talks with intellectuals and prominent citizens over the way forward in terms of development of Sivasagar.
The Assam CM, who arrived at Sivasagar circuit house today, discussed the progress of Sivasagar and the development plans in place for the district.
CM Sarma was accompanied by cabinet colleagues Ranoj Pegu, who is the education minister and Ashok Singhal, who is the housing and urban affairs minister.
Earlier in the day, during an address Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma claimed that the decision on the demarcation of boundaries of the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) has been taken after prior consultation with all parties.
While speaking to media persons during the 55th Annual Conference of All Bodo Students' Union (ABSU) in Rowta, Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the students’ body has appealed the government to allot only Bodo villages into BTR.
CM Sarma said, “The decision of including new villages to BTR was taken after discussions with various groups. The ABSU had appealed our government to embrace only Bodo villages into BTR. I think there is nothing to object even if Bodo villages are included into BTR.”
The chief minister also informed that all district commissioners have submitted reports in regard to this.
“Our government has decided to include villages which have at least 80 percent Bodo population. We are strictly conducting vigilance so that indigenous people are not left out while providing land and that no person can acquire land illegally,” the chief minister added.
Earlier this week, the Assam CM had announced that BTR will be extended by including at least 60 new villages from Sonitpur district. These villages will be from the areas of Dhekiajuli, Sootea, Biswanath, Behali and Gohpur. Out of the 60 new villages of Sonitpur to be included in the BTR, 43 will be revenue villages and 13 forest villages.