'Direct funding to BTC to be considered by 13th FC'

Kokrajhar (Assam), Feb 12 Direct funding of Central allocations to the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) would be considered by the 13th Finance Commission, Union Home secretary G K Pillai said today.

The Finance Commission would also discuss the modalities for allocation of the funds directly to the BTC, Pillai told reporters here.

Withdrawal of the pending cases against the disbanded Bodoland Liberation Tiger (BLT) cadres and granting of scheduled tribe status to the Bodos in Assam's Karbi Anglong district would also be taken up in the meeting, the Union Home secretary indicated.

After reviewing the Bodo Accord here last night, he said, tripartite talks would be held soon to meet the requirements of the unresolved clauses of the memorandum of understanding in 2003 between the Centre and the disbanded militant BLT headed by Mohilary.