Skill development of former NDFB cadre for sustainable self employment

 From Preetam Brahma Choudhury

Kokrajhar: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said rehabilitation of former NDFB militants is one of foremost responsibilities of the government.

In his message through video conference during the inaugural function of skill development programme of former NDFB cadres for sustainable self employment at Bodofa Cultural Complex in Kokrajhar today, the chief minister said the BTR Accord signed on January 27, 2020 has usher in renewed peace in Assam, especially in Bodoland region.

Thanking the Prime minister, Union Home Minister and Bodo leaders, he said the state government has given much importance to for rehabilitation programme of the former NDFBs. He said as a first step total 1429 cadres were provided 4 lakhs fixed deposit.

Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) chief executive member Pramod Boro inaugurated the programme in presence of Addl. Director General of Police (SB) Assam Hiren Chandra Nath, IPS, Director State Institute of Panchayat &Rural Development Assam  Juri Doley, former NDFB leaders and cadres.

Addressing the gathering, Boro said the initiative will provide jobs to the youths and will ensure sustainable peace and all-round development in the region. Boro said many of the former militants will be given skill training so that they can become self-reliant.

SIRD, PNRD, Bodoland government, Assam police, and several other organizations will begin the training and this process will continue for the foreseeable time. Through skill training, a process will begin to ensure that they will be able to earn their keep via the government’s various schemes,” Boro said.

He also said paramilitary forces and Assam police will train surrendered NDFBs so that they can be recruited in police and paramilitary forces. The BTR chief lauded the current chief minister for promising to implement all the clauses of the Accord within 6 months.

Addl. Director General of Police (SB) Assam Hiren Chandra Nath said the state government has given much importance for rehabilitation of the former NDFB militants. As per clause 9 of the BTR Accord, rehabilitation of the former militants is the reasonability of the government and today the first training has started in Kokrajhar and it will continue is other districts as well. He also said pre-recruitment training will be imparted so that the former militants can be recruited in paramilitary forces.

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