Bodoland Territorial Council
|Bodoland Territorial Council|
|Kokrajhar (a part of BTC) in Assam, India|
|Established||10 February 2003|
|Covering District||Kokrajhar, Baksa, Udalguri, Chirang|
|• Governor of Assam||J. B. Patnaik|
|• Chief Executive Member||Hagrama Mohilary|
|• Total||8,795 km2 (3,396 sq mi)|
|• Total||.292 million|
|• Density||326/km2 (840/sq mi)|
|• Official||Bodo, Assamese|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|ISO 3166 code||IN-AS|
|No. of districts||4|
The Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) is a territorial privilege established according to the Memorandum of Settlement of February 10, 2003. BTC came into existence immediately after surrender of BLTF cadres. The BLTF laid down their weapons on December 6, 2003 under the leadership of Hagrama Mohilary and Hagrama was sworn in as the Chief Executive Member (CEM) on December 7, 2003. The BTC has 46 executive members each looking after a specific area of control called somisthi. The area under the BTC jurisdiction is called the Bodoland Territorial Area District (BTAD). BTC constitutes 70% of marginalised Tribal groups like Bodos, Rabhas, Garos, etc. who are against the hegemony of Assam government. The region falls within the geographical map of least developed region in India. The agro-based economy is the only source of livelihood of the people. Industrialisation and other employment opportunities are hardly to been.
The BTAD is to consist of four contiguous districts — Kokrajhar, Baksa, Udalguri and Chirang — carved out of seven existing districts — Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Barpeta, Nalbari, Kamrup, Darrang and Sonitpur — an area of 27,100 km² (35% of Assam). That the BTAD is created under the sixth schedule of the Constitution of India has been opposed by some organizations.
- Full text Memorandum of Settlement on Bodoland Territorial Council, February 10, 2003, signed by Government of India, Government of Assam and Bodo Liberation Tigers
- Prabhakar M. S. (2003). Territories of fear. Frontline, 20:24, November 22, 2003.
- Patowary, Ajit (2003). "Bodo Accord may not bring peace"