As per Times of India report, Central Government has formed an expert committee to examine if Bodoland could be created in Assam after it has been able to create Telengana, 29th state of India, after bifurcating Andhra Pradesh.
On Wednesday, the Union home ministry set up an expert committee to examine the viability of granting statehood to Bodoland, by holding consultations with all sections of the society.
The committee will be headed by former Union home secretary G K Pillai, who had also served as joint secretary (north-east) in the home ministry earlier in his career. The panel has been asked to submit its report in nine months.
It be recalled that ever since the government announced its decision to create Telangana in October last year, several Bodo outfits had intensified their agitation to press their demand for a separate state for Bodo tribals. The Bodos live mostly in a few districts on the northern bank of the Brahmaputra river in Assam.
Giving voice to the demand in Parliament all these months was Lok Sabha MP from Kokrajhar, S K Bwismuthiary.
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It may be mentioned that, apart from Bodos, Koch Rajbongshi, Karbi tribes are demanding for separate state for long time now. The second largest tribe in Assam by population, Misings, too have been demanding Siixth Schedule Status for long time now.
Presently, the Assam Government has opposed any further division of Assam. And if Bodoland is formed, most probbaly, many separate states demand may surface in North East India.