A historic agreement was signed between the Government of India,
Government of Assam and Bodo representatives to end the over 50-year old
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
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,
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.
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;
The Potato Conference
The Agri Expo and
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
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.