Calling for an all out effort to promote Bodo culture, Union Minister for the Department of North East Region (DONER) Mani Shankar Aiyar on Friday said it was an integral part of the country's heritage.
"Our children in the Bodo-dominated region have been significantly affected during the last 40 years but now we must realise there is immense potential in the region and take the process forward," the minister said while addressing the 47th session of the Bodo Sahitya Sabha at Dotma in Kokrajhar district.
Aiyar pointed out that the Bodo-dominated areas had witnessed widespread disturbances during the past few decades which had significantly affected the development of the region.
Coming back to the region's development issue, he said it was imperative at this stage to lay stress on health, education and development in sports so that the potential of the next generation of Bodos is realised.
The Minister also laid the foundation stone of Bodoland Indigenous Bodo Tribal Cultural Complex cum Film Studio at Kathalguri in Kokrajhar district for which DONER has earmarked Rs five crore, of which Rs 1.66 cr has already been released.
The Bodo Sahitya Sabha submitted a memorandum to the Union Minister demanding a sanction of Rs 8.5 crore for construction of a socio-literary cultural complex of the Sabha in Guwahati.