Official Language and Symbol: Memorandum of Settlement (Bodo Accord)

11. Official Language

The General Council can lay down policy with regard to use of Bodo language as medium of official correspondence within the BAC area. However, while corresponding with offices outside the BAC area, correspondence will have to be in bilingual from in accordance with the Article 345 of the Constitution and the provision of law in this behalf.

Implementation History

1993

Intermediate Implementation

The Bodo language was recognized as an associate state official language of Assam before the Bodo Accord. In the Bodo concentrated areas in Assam, the Bodo Sahitya Sabha, which was established in 1952, contributed to the acceptance of the Bodo language as a medium of instruction in primary schools in 1963 and secondary school in 1968.1 The 1993 accord would have made the Bodo language an official language of the BAC area. Because the BAC area was never finally demarcated and the BEC was almost defunct, there is no official language.

  • 1. S.K. Mukherjee, "The Reorganization of Assam and the Bodo Movement," in Reorganization of North-East India Since 1947, ed. B Datta Ray and S. P. Agrawal (New Delhi: Concept Publishing Company, 1996).
1994

Intermediate Implementation

No developments observed this year.

1995

Intermediate Implementation

No developments observed this year.

1996

Intermediate Implementation

 In 1996, the government of Assam started to offer some Post-Graduate Courses in Bodo language and literature at the University of Guwahati.2

1997

Intermediate Implementation

No further developments observed.

1998

Intermediate Implementation

No further developments observed.

1999

Intermediate Implementation

No further developments observed.

1999

Intermediate Implementation

No further developments observed.

2000

Intermediate Implementation

No further developments observed.

2001

Intermediate Implementation

No further developments observed.

2002

Intermediate Implementation

No further developments observed.