New Delhi,The Ministry of Tribal Affairs has informed that the proposal regarding implementation of clause 8 of the Memorandum of Settlement signed with Bodo group relating to granting of Scheduled Tribes (ST) (Hills) status to Bodo Kacharis living in Karbi Anglong and N.C. Hills Autonomous Councils Area was taken up with the National Commission for Scheduled Tribes (NCST). The said proposal was not supported by the NCST in its original form. The State Government has been requested to provide more details.
An Expert Committee has been set up vide Ministry of Home Affairs Order dated 26th February, 2014 under the chairmanship of Shri G.K. Pillai, former Union Home Secretary (Retired IAS) to study/examine the demand of Bodoland State. The Committee will consult all sections of the society on the viability of the creation of a separate State of Bodoland. The Committee has resumed its functioning after the election process is over and would submit its report in due course. Shri Kiren Rijiju MoS (Home) gave this information in Rajya Sabha today in a written reply to a question by Shri Biswajit Daimary.