Centre signs Karbi Peace Accord; Amit Shah says Modi govt committed to ensuring Assam’s territorial integrity

Guwahati: The government signed a tripartite Karbi Peace Accord on Saturday in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma and the representatives of Karbi outfits in Delhi.

“The signing of the Historic Karbi Anglong Agreement. Modi government is committed to resolving the decades-old crisis, ensuring the territorial integrity of Assam,” said Home Minister Amit Shah.

The signing of the Historic Karbi Anglong Agreement. Modi government is committed to resolving the decades-old crisis, ensuring the territorial integrity of Assam. https://t.co/pIRii8NVsA— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) September 4, 2021

The Karbis are a major ethnic group of Assam, dotted by several factions and splinters. The history of the Karbi group is marked by killings, ethnic violence, abductions and taxation since the late 1980s.

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said the signing of the Karbi Anglong Agreement marked an historic day for Assam. Under the new pact, the people belonging to the hill tribe are entitled to reservation under the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

Hailing the signing of the historic Karbi Anglong Agreement, Union minister and former Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, “I want to thank Modi government in centre which is committed to resolving the decades-old crisis, ensuring the territorial integrity of Assam. I want to thank the CM of Assam also.”

WHAT IS KARBI ANGLONG AGREEMENT?

In February this year, 1,040 Karbi militants belonging to five outfits laid down arms before then Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal to return to the mainstream.

The militants belong to 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).

These outfits originated from the core demand of forming a separate state. The Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) is an autonomous district council, protected under the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

Some of the demands of the militant groups are direct transfer to KAAC, reservation of seats for ST, more powers to the council, inclusion of Karbi language in the Eighth Schedule and more MP/MLA seats and financial package of Rs 1,500 crore.

Courtesy: India Today

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