Shah also said that several agreements to end insurgency and bring lasting peace in the northeastern states have been made possible because of consistent efforts of the government.
New Delhi: Days after announcing an MoU between Assam and Meghalaya to resolve a 50-year-old border dispute, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said the Centre is all set to reduce areas covered under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act in Nagaland, Assam and Manipur.
Shah tweeted, “In a significant step, GoI under the decisive leadership of PM Shri @NarendraModi Ji has decided to reduce disturbed areas under Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the states of Nagaland, Assam and Manipur after decades.”
He added the government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ensured improvement in the security situation and has fast-tracked development in the region. Shah also said that several agreements to end insurgency and bring lasting peace in the northeastern states have been made possible because of consistent efforts of the government.
He also congratulated the people living in these states claiming that the region was neglected for decades and is now “witnessing a new era of peace, prosperity and unprecedented development”.
On Tuesday, the Union Home Minister had announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Assam and Meghalaya to resolve the fifty-year-long boundary dispute. The signing of the MoU between Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Kongkal Sangma had taken place at the office of the Ministry of Home Affairs in the national Capital of Delhi.
Shah had congratulated the people of both the states and hoped that the move will prove to be a milestone in the development of the northeastern states. He had said that his government has made lots of efforts to ensure overall development of the northeastern states. “We have resolved various issues in the region since our government came to power in the Centre. During today’s (Tuesday) agreement, six of the 12 issues between these two states (Assam and Meghalaya) have been sorted out while the dispute related to the boundary (almost 70 per cent) has been resolved,” the Home Minister had added.