Sonowal discusses security issues with Rajnath

Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday held a detailed discussion with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on a gamut of security and other vital issues concerning the State at the latter’s official residence in New Delhi.

In course of the discussion, Sonowal apprised Singh about critical issues of the State including NRC update, implementation of Assam Accord, sealing of the Indo-Bangla border, illegal immigrants, granting of Scheduled Tribe status to six ethnic communities, Bodoland issue, police modernization and deployment of additional security forces in the State.

The Chief Minister requested the Union Home Minister to hold tripartite talks at the political level with various organizations on their demands like according ST status to six ethnic communities, Bodoland and Koch Rajbhongshi issues and Assam Accord implementation. Singh agreed to hold talks early and said the dates for the meetings would be communicated to Dispur soon.

Sonowal apprised the Home Minister about concerns regarding the NRC update exercise, relating to modalities, timeframe and fund flow. The Registrar General of India (RGI), under the Ministry of Home Affairs, agreed to complete the process in time-bound manner, subject to directions of the Supreme Court. Sonowal assured of full commitment of the State government to support the RGI in the NRC exercise.

The RGI was requested to seek legal opinion on admissibility of the documents prescribed for NRC update in the light of Gauhati High Court’s ruling against one of the linkage documents, namely the village panchayat secretary’s certificate.

Regarding implementation of Assam Accord, Sonowal urged the Home Minister to issue appropriate directives to complete the Indo-Bangladesh border fencing, including the riverine areas, and also install a new fencing with modern design.

He also requested that fencing with Bangladesh in the neighbouring NE States be also completed. Singh agreed to re-examine the entire matter of international border fencing in time-bound manner.

The matter of Foreigners Tribunals and detention centers for persons detected as foreigners was also discussed. It was agreed to give extension for functioning of the 100 foreigners tribunals with proper infrastructure and amenities. It was also agreed to consider establishing separate detention centers to house the detenues declared foreigners by the tribunals, pending their deportation.

Implementation of Clause 6 of Assam Accord was discussed pertaining to constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards for indigenous people. In this regard, the Chief Minister suggested setting up of a committee comprising of eminent experts from legal, constitutional, sociological, historical and cultural backgrounds to give recommendations on how to effectively implement Clause 6.

Others issues that were discussed included additional deployment of CRPF in the State in view of the law and order situation, raising of new India Reserve Battalion (IRBn), enhanced allocation in modernization of police force, revision of SRE scheme guidelines pertaining to CI Ops logistic support, Homeguards and VDP payment norms, training and camp maintenance charges of SoO cadres, designated camps, and appointment of a new interlocutor for peace talks with ULFA (PT), NDFB (P) and NDFB (RD).

The Union Home Minister assured to look into all the above matters and added that the process has been initiated for approval of five new IRBns for Assam.

Sonowal drew Singh’s attention to the statement of T Muivah regarding Nagalim issue. It was informed by the Ministry of Home Affairs that a detailed clarification has been issued in this regard.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Home and Political, DGP and other senior State officials. From the Government of India, Home Secretary, RGI and other senior officials were present in the meeting.

Published by The Sentinel

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