Guwahati: Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday attended the 62nd annual conference of Bodo Sahitya Sabha held at Patgaon in Kokrajhar district. Addressing the gathering, Sarma lauded the role of Bodo literary forum in enrichment of Bodo language, literature and culture.
Assamese culture has benefitted immensely from the richness of Bodo art and literary tradition, commented Sarma. He further added that Bodo language shall be introduced up to 12th standards in educational institutions and that 10 colleges within the Bodoland territorial region shall be provincialised in days to come, the cost for which shall be borne by the State government.
Sarma also spoke about the contributions made by Bodofa Upendra Nath Brahma towards the upliftment of the population. Stressing on the role of knowledge and wisdom in enlightening the society, Sarma urged upon the literary forum along with All Bodo Students’ Union and the BTR administration to do everything in their capacity to bring an educational revolution in the region.
In presence of Bodo Sahitya Sabha president Taren Boro, BTC chief Pramod Boro, Assam legislative assembly speaker Biswajit Daimary, State minister UG Brahma and a host of other dignitaries, Sarma also urged upon the forum to prepare a comprehensive dictionary in the Bodo language while assuring of all necessary support from the government.
Earlier Sarma attended the open session of 36th annual conference of All Rabha Sahitya Sabha at Loharghat in Kamrup district. Speaking on the occasion, Sarma appealed to members of the Rabha community to stay rooted to their identity, heritage and culture, while adding that a community cannot thrive by severing its ties with its roots. He stressed upon the need for an educational revolution among the Rabha community so as to enable them to walk hand-in-hand with their counterparts from other communities.
In presence of legislators Hemanga Thakuria, Prithviraj Rabha, Rabha autonomous council chief Tankeswar Rabha with other guests, Sarma stated that an amount of two crore would be granted for construction of a permanent office of Rabha literary forum. He further announced a grant of Rs 50 lakh to them so as to cover the expenses of 119 books published in relation to the annual conference.