(The Gist of PIB) Bodo Crisis  [FEBRUARY-2020]

(The Gist of PIB) Bodo Crisis


Bodo Crisis

  • A historic agreement was signed between the Government of India, Government of Assam and Bodo representatives to end the over 50-year old Bodo crisis.

Key highlights of the agreement:

  • Increase the scope and powers of the Bodo Territorial Council (BTC) and to streamline its functioning;
  • Set up a commission under Section 14 of the Sixth Schedule to the Constitution of India, to recommend the inclusion or exclusion of tribal population residing in villages adjoining Bodoland Territorial Area Districts (BTAD) areas;
  • The Government of Assam will establish a Bodo-Kachari Welfare Council;
  • The Assam government will also notify Bodo language as an associate official language in the state and will set up a separate directorate for Bodo medium schools;
  • promote and protect Bodo’s social, cultural, linguistic and ethnic identities;
  • Providing legislative protection for the land rights of tribals;
  • A Special Development Package Rs. 1500 crores over three years will be given by the Union Government to undertake specific projects for the development of Bodo areas.
  • Rehabilitate members of National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) factions (With this agreement, over 1500 armed cadres will abjure violence and join the mainstream).

3rd Global Potato Conclave

  • PM addressed the 3rd Global Potato Conclave at Gandhinagar, Gujarat through Video Conferencing.
  • The previous two Global Potato Conferences were organized during 1999, and 2008.
  • The Conclave is being organized by Indian Potato Association (IPA) in collaboration with Indian Council of Agricultural Research, New Delhi, and ICAR-Central Potato Research Institute, Shimla and International Potato Center (CIP), Lima, Peru.

Key highlights:

  • The 3rd Global Potato Conclave will provide an opportunity to bring all stakeholders at one common platform so that all the issues are discussed and future plans are made involving everyone related to the potato sector.
  • This will be a unique event to expose different stakeholders of the country to the frontiers of knowledge and innovations in potato research.
  • This mega event has three major components;
  1. The Potato Conference
  2. The Agri Expo and
  3. Potato Field Day.
  • The Potato Conference will be held for 3 days during 28-30 January, 2020. It will have 10 themes out of which 8 themes are based on basic and applied research.
  • The remaining two themes will have special emphasis on potato trade, value chain management and policy issues.

Gujarat and Potato sector:

  • Gujarat is one of the leading producers of Potato in the country. In the last eleven years alone, while the area under potato in India, has increased by 19%, it has increased by about 170% in Gujarat.
  • With a productivity of more than 30t/ha, Gujarat has held the No. 1 position in India for last one decade.

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