Assam Accord won’t be diluted: Rajnath
|Source: The Hitavada Date: 27 Apr 2017 09:04:19|
Panel to ensure time-bound implementation of all clauses of the Accord
AFTER a gap of almost 12 years, tripartite talks between the All Assam Students’ Union, Government of India and Government of Assam was held in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh assured the AASU representatives that the spirit of Assam Accord would not be allowed to get diluted at any cost.
Singh said that the Central and State governments are committed to a flawless National Register of Citizens updating exercise in Assam and to provide constitutional and economic safeguards to the indigenous people.
Singh said that a committee with representatives from Government of India, Government of Assam and AASU will be formed to ensure time-bound implementation of all clauses of the Accord.
“All issues raised by AASU will be discussed in detail and implemented in a time-bound manner. We are also mulling the option for second line of defense along the border for strengthening border security and checking infiltration. Besides, erection of fencing along Indo-Bangla border has already begun”, Singh said.
The Home Minister also stated that construction work of Bogibeel Bridge would be completed within December, 2017.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, in the coming days, political and official level engagements will continue for implementation of all clauses of the pact within a stipulated time frame.
AASU Adviser Samujjal Bhattacharyya, while terming the outcome as positive, thanked Rajnath Singh and Sonowal for their initiatives to hold the talks after a long hiatus.
Bhattacharyya said that all 60 proposals placed by AASU for clause-wise implementation of the Accord were discussed threadbare in the talks.
The AASU Adviser also said that they have raised the issue of raising of a Special Task Force at district and state levels for detection of illegal immigrants. A bilateral agreement between Governments of India and Bangladesh for deportation of the illegal immigrants was also suggested by AASU in the discussions, Bhattacharyya said. He also disclosed that the next tripartite talks would be held after two months to speed up the momentum of the whole process. Revival of Ashok Paper Mill, tackling recurrent floods, soil erosion, protection of the riverine island Majuli from the fury of the Brahmaputra, revamping the Brahmaputra Board, setting up of new institutions were also discussed.