Union Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju, on Saturday said that the central government is committed to bringing about an acceptable solution to the Naga issue and reiterated that the deal will have no adverse repercussions on the States of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh and that there is no question of compromising with the territorial integrity of these States. The Union Minister said in Guwahati that talks are going on in the right direction and that they are progressing with absolute clarity.

“The Naga talks are going on smoothly and with absolute clarity. We are going with a concrete timeline and that there won’t be adverse repercussions in Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh as a result of the agreement. I reassure that even an inch of land will not be altered and that the territorial integrity of the States will be protected,” Rijiju said.

Claiming that talks with other Northeast militant outfits — including those with the pro-talks ULFA (Progressive) — are going in the right direction, the Union Minister said instructions have been given to give a final shape to the peace talks soon.

The Union Minister claimed certain forces were trying to destabilize and forment trouble in Assam and warned them of stringent action if they try to create trouble.

Rijiju further said the central government is committed to bringing about fast pace development in the region and is aiming to transform Northeast in a decade’s time.

“Since 1991 it had all been about ‘Look East’. Past Congress governments had only been looking east but did not act. The present government has, therefore, made it ‘Act East’,” he said, adding that the government will also announce a special package for the development of border areas besides laying stress on bettering trade ties with the bordering countries.

On the issue of reported inclusion of names of foreigners in the first NRC draft, Rijiju said the update process is being monitored by the Supreme Court and that the centre and the State government are committed to publishing an error-free citizens’ register.


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