New Delhi, Welcoming the decision of Bodo groups to lay down arms in Assam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the north east state is witnessing a historic chapter for peace and development.
'The five-decade old Bodo issue finds resolution on the Punyatithi of Pujya Bapu today. The accord between the Bodo groups and Government will strengthen the unity and integrity of Assam,' the Prime Minister said in a series of tweets. As India remembers Pujya Bapu on his Punya Tithi, Assam is witnessing a historic chapter for peace and development, he said.
'After a wait of 50 years, agreement with our Bodo friends heralds a new beginning. It will strengthen Assam's unity, bring development and usher in a bright future,' he maintained.
In another missive, he said, 'This is a victory for all, it's victory for humanity. It is inspired by the mantra of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas & Sabka Vishwas', and by the spirit of 'Ek Bharat-Shresth Bharat'.'
Welcomed the decision of 'Bodo friends' for leaving violence and reposing faith in democracy and Constitution, he maintained that 'the accord with our Bodo friends was made while protecting the interest of other communities of Assam.'
Bodo friends joining the country on path of peace sends a clear message that 'solution to issues is possible when we leave path of violence and repose faith in democracy and Constitution', he said in his missive.
'I welcome my Bodo friends to the mainstream. We are committed to ensuring development of Bodo areas. After signing this historic agreement with Bodo organizations, foremost priority of our government is development of Bodo areas,' he pointed out.
Work has begun on a comprehensive Rs 1,500 crore package, he stated, adding that government's special focus will be on ease of living and ensuring that Bodos benefit fully from government's schemes.
As a follow up of the Bodo peace agreement inked recently in Delhi in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, a large number of Bodo militants surrendered and laid down arms before Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Thursday in Guwahati.
The NDFB factions had signed the peace treaty with the government on Monday, January 27. The Centre has agreed to provide a Rs 1,500-crore-assistance-package over the next three years for the development of Bodo areas in Assam.
Among other things, there are provisions for the quick development of tribal areas and rehabilitation of members of NDFB and its factions in the pact.