Displaced people to be back home soon: Gogoi
Expressing confidence that persons displaced during the recent ethnic conflict would soon be back in their homes, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said his government is trying to bring back peace and harmony.
Guwahati: Expressing confidence that persons displaced during the recent ethnic conflict would soon be back in their homes, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said his government is trying to bring back peace and harmony to the trouble-torn areas of the state.
"I want to assure you that my government is working to create confidence so that all the displaced persons are able to return to their homes. The situation in the trouble-torn areas is returning to normal and my government is keeping a strict eye on the matter," Gogoi said addressing the state on the occasion of Independence Day.
The chief minister, who unfurled the Tricolour in the state capital, said the government is saddened by the events in Kokrajhar, Chirang and Dhubri districts, which have claimed over 75 lives and displaced four lakh people since violence began on July 19.
"All help have been provided to the victims of the violence. I have ordered that special measures be taken to look after pregnant women, children, old and infirm who are in the camps," he said. Gogoi said, "The displaced persons have started returning to their homes. We are working on a war-footing to facilitate the process".
He said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and UPA chief Sonia Gandhi have all visited the state in recent days and extended all help from the Centre. "On this sacred day, I urge everybody, irrespective of caste, creed and religion to work for the sake of peace and amity in the state," Gogoi said.
The state government has already requested the CBI to take over the entire gamut of investigation related with the ethnic clashes after which the central agency has already taken over seven of the major cases.
"We have also decided to convene a judicial inquiry. I want to stress that anybody found guilty of involvement in the violence would be dealt with and punished," the CM said, adding that the government is committed to fulfilling the 1985 Assam Accord.
"Steps have been taken to identify and deport illegal immigrants. Fencing work on the Indo-Bangladesh border is to be completed very soon," he said. Gogoi said the government has already started the process of updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) to ensure that foreigners are not able to enrol in as voters while none of the genuine Indian citizens would be deprived of their voting rights.
Facilitating an environment conducive for social and economic growth would be a "fitting reply" to those forces who are trying to create disturbances in the state, he said.
"During last 11 years my government has worked for economic growth and the results are evident. While peace is returning to the state, there have been massive growth in agriculture productivity and per capital income of the people have grown substantially," Gogoi said.
In his speech, he noted that the Centre and the state government has entered into peace talks with various militant outfits including the pro-talk factions of the ULFA and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland.
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