Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC)
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-II- Federalism
- The Assam government’s decision to restrict large gatherings as a precaution against the COVID-19 may cast a shadow on the BTC elections(40 seats)
- BTC Polls are conducted by State Election Commission
- Any decision on rescheduling the polls would be taken by the Governor, who is the constitutional head of areas under the Sixth Schedule.
- The second Bodo accord, 2003 led to the formation of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) under the provisions of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution
- The area under the BTC jurisdiction is now officially called the Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) comprising of 3,082 villages in four districts— Kokrajhar, Chirang, Udalguri and Baska.
Sixth schedule of the Constitution:
- The Sixth Schedule of the Constitution of India (Articles 244(2) and 275(1)) provides for decentralized self-governance and dispute resolution through local customary laws in parts of the North East which are mainly tribal areas.
- It contains provisions as to the Administration of Tribal Areas in the States of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram