New Delhi: On Saturday, Centre signed the ‘Karbi Peace Accord’ in the presence of Home Minister Amit Shah, Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, and representatives of several Insurgent groups in New Delhi.
Karbi is a major community of Assam that used to conflict with centre over border issues. About 1040 men belonging to these groups have surrendered along with their arms and have joined the mainstream army and forces. The accord is unique for peace with Karbi. The conflicts had a long history in Assam, marked by killings, ethnic violence, abductions and taxation since early 1990’s.
Minutes after the signing, Assam CM announced that, the Assam Govt will spend around Rs 1,000 crore for the development of Karbi region in his tenure. The home minister said the central and state governments are committed to develop Karbi and this is why they have signed this peace accord.
“We will work for the rehabilitation of 1040 militants who will be surrendering with over 300 guns and equipment’s. They will be given reservation in the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council, for the first time. This day is historic” said Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Home minister Amit Shah since 2014, Modi government came to power, our focus in the Northeast is not only to ensure peace but also Sabka Vikas aka development. “We have ensured that there is only peace all around in Assam, no violence, no blast and no bullets in this region” he said.
He added that, it is the policy of the Modi government that those who give up surrender and leave violence. We provide them mainstream focus and we talk to them more on their demands. We even provide them what they ask for.