Features of MoS
The Memorandum of Settlement aims at fulfilling the economic, educational and linguistic aspirations of the Bodos, preservation of land rights, socio-cultural and ethnic identity of the Bodos and to speed up the infrastructure development in the areas under the BTC.
In pursuance of MoS, an autonomous district known as the Bodoland Territorial Areas Disrict (BTAD) has been constituted under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India. Its jurisdiction extends over 8,970 sq.kms covering the four district of Kokrajhar, Udalguri, Baska and Chirang.
The Bodoland Territorial Council will have legislative, administrative, executive and financial powers over 40 subjects. A major thrust has been given to the economic development of Bodoland to take forward the Central Government's agenda for peace and development in the region.
Government of India is committed to provide additional assistance of Rs 500 crore over a period of five years, i.e. Rs 100 crore per annum, for developmental projects. One-time financial assistance to the BTAD is al envisaged for creation of infrastructure for the BTC secretariat and at the district, sub-division and block levels.
The centrally funded Central INSTITUTE OF technology, WHICH WAS INAUGURATED BY THE Deputy Prime Minister of 7th December, will provide diploma sources in the information technology, bio-technology, horticulture and food processing, computer programming and business management, enabling the development of better technical skills in the region. This is expected to help generate employment opportunities among the youth of BTAD in particular and Assam, in general. The Institute will functioning from 2004.
The government is also committed to the inclusion of the Bodo language in the Eighth Schedule. The bill in the regard has already been introduced in the parliament.
The Government is equally committed to the empowerment of the Bodos as also the protection of the existing rights including land rights and privileges of the non-tribals in the BTAD. An amendment has already been carried out to article 332(6) of the Constitution to provide that the existing representation of scheduled tribes and non-scheduled tribes from the Bodoland territory in the state assembly will be maintained. Bodo leaders have also given assurance that the BTC will work and govern without bias or discrimination.
The rehabilitation of surrendered BLT cadres is also being given high priority by the Government of India and the stage government. Eligible Bodo youth may be recruited into the police, army and paramilitary forces. They will also be provided with technical training through institutions like CIT to facilitate self-employment.