Development of Bodo areas foremost priority, govt started work on Rs 1,500 crore package: PM Narendra Modi

"Work has begun on a comprehensive Rs 1500 crore package. Our special focus will be on ease of living and ensuring that Bodos benefit fully from govt schemes," said PM Modi in a series of tweets.

Development of Bodo areas foremost priority, govt started work on Rs 1,500 crore package: PM Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday termed the Bodo agreement a historic chapter for peace and development in Assam. Hailing the Bodo Agreement, he said it is inspired by the mantra of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas & Sabka Vishwas' and spirit of 'Ek Bharat-Shresth Bharat'.

"After signing this historic agreement with Bodo organizations, the foremost priority of our govt is the development of Bodo areas. Work has begun on a comprehensive Rs 1500 crore package. Our special focus will be on ease of living and ensuring that Bodos benefit fully from govt schemes," said PM Modi in a series of tweets.

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The Prime Minister's remarks come on a day when 1,615 cadres of eight NDFB factions laid down arms in Guwahati before Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and state Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. The laying of arms comes three days after the Centre and the Assam government signed a peace accord with Bodo organisations NDFB and All Bodo Students' Union.

PM Modi said, “As India remembers Pujya Bapu on his Punya Tithi, Assam is witnessing a historic chapter for peace and development. 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."

"Bodo friends joining us on the path of peace sends a clear message that solution to issues is possible when we leave the path of violence & repose faith in democracy & Constitution. I welcome my Bodo friends to the mainstream. We are committed to ensuring the development of Bodo areas. The five-decade-old Bodo issue finds resolution on the Punyatithi of Pujya Bapu today. The accord between the Bodo groups & Govt will strengthen the unity & integrity of Assam. I welcome the decision of my Bodo friends for leaving violence & reposing faith in democracy & Constitution," added the PM.

"The accord with our Bodo friends is a message to Assam & other violence-affected parts of the country. Nation's development can be given momentum only in an environment free of violence &fear. Happy that entire energy of our Bodo friends will further strengthen Assam's development. The accord with our Bodo friends was made while protecting the interest of other communities of Assam. This is a victory for all, it's a victory for humanity. It is inspired by the mantra of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas & Sabka Vishwas', & by the spirit of 'Ek Bharat-Shresth Bharat'." further added the PM.

Taking to Twitter, Assam CM said, "I thank PM Narendra Modi and HM Amit Shah for the historic Bodo Agreement. Their love and support for Assam and the North East is taking us towards newer heights each day."