Efforts On To Remove AFSPA Completely From North-East: PM

Guwahati: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that efforts are on to remove AFSPA completely from the Northeast region.

Addressing a ‘Peace, Unity and Development’ rally in Assam’s Diphu, he said, ”The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act could be withdrawn from various parts of the region as the law and order situation has improved in the last eight years. ”

Earlier, the centre had announced a reduction of the disturbed areas imposed under the AFSPA in Nagaland, Assam, and Manipur from April 1, after decades.

Later, while praising the BJP-led Assam government, the Prime Minister said the effect of the BJP’s ”double engine” government is evident in the return of permanent peace and speedy development in Assam.

”Today when someone visits northeast and witnesses the rapid development taking place in the region, they also feel proud. We have understood the problems of the region,” PM Modi stated.

He further hailed Bodo Accord which was signed between the Centre, the Assam government, and the Bodo group for bringing “long-lasting peace” to Assam.

“Last year, several organizations from Karbi Anglong joined the resolve for peace and development. Bodo Accord opened new doors for lasting peace in 2020,” he added.

The Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for colleges of veterinary science and agriculture and a model government college in Karbi Anglong.

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