GUWAHATI: Union Home Minister Amit Shah today exuded confidence of an "insurgency free Assam" during the signing of the tripartite Karbi Peace Accord that was signed in the presence of Shah, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, and Karbi stakeholders.
Shah after the signing said that the inking of the pact will be etched in golden words in Assam's history.
Shah said that the Karbi Peace Accord is another milestone in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of “Insurgency free prosperous North East”. He also said that Mr. Modi's government is committed to ensuring Assam's territorial integrity.
"Today’s historic Karbi Anglong agreement will be written in golden letters in the history of Assam. Since becoming Prime Minister, the northeast has not only been an area of focus for Shri Narendra Modi, but all-around development of the northeast, peace and prosperity there has been the top priority for the government," Shah said.
"Due to this policy only, we are getting rid of old problems one by one that the Modi Government had inherited. We fulfill all clauses of agreements signed during our Government’s tenure and this has been Modi Government’s track record."
Amit Shah during his address also said that each year for the next 5 years, Rs. 200 crores will be earmarked for the development of Karbi areas.
Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the significance of the pact is that Karbis will get reservations in the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC).
Karbis living in the plains who have been heretofore deprived will also benefit greatly from the Karbi Peace Accord, Biswa Sarma added.
Karbi Council chief Tuliram Ronghang on his part thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other signatories for making the Accord a possibility.
The groundwork for the Karbi Peace Agreement was laid in February of this year when 1,040 Karbi militants belonging to five outfits -- namely People's Democratic Council of Karbi Longri (PDCK), Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF), Karbi People's Liberation Tiger (KPLT), Kuki Liberation Front (KLF) and United Peoples Liberation Army (UPLA) -- laid down arms before then Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal to return to the mainstream.
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