Northeast now part of traditional India: Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju


Citing the Centre’s ‘historic’ decision to lift the special powers law for the armed forces of ‘large parts’ of Assam, Nagaland and Manipur, the BJP claimed on Saturday that peace had returned to the northern region. -Is who is now part of the “mainstream”.

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, who is MP for Lok Sabha from Arunachal Pradesh, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-pronged approach of development and dialogue with insurgent groups to deal with the various challenges in the region has paid off.

A “colorful, beautiful and peaceful” northeast awaits people across the country, he told a news conference while calling for travel and investment in the region.

Congress had left the region “devastated”, he claimed and added that Prime Minister Modi had the big heart the region needed.

Locals wanted the government to reach out to them, which happened under it, the minister said.

Modi’s vision of completely removing AFSPA from the region will also be realized, Rijiju said.

AFSPA gives security forces sweeping powers to deal with insurgents and has been criticized by civil rights groups for alleged excesses.

“We used to hear that the Northeast should be integrated into the mainstream of the country. I can say today that it is already in the mainstream of the country,” Rijiju said, pointing out that the region is developing at a rapid pace and will become an important economic hub. hub of the country.

The region has received the attention it deserves since Modi became prime minister in 2014, he said, adding that no one would have thought he would visit the region more than 50 times during his tenure. tenure so far.

Besides the prime minister, other ministers have visited the region regularly to help with its development, and the earlier sense of “alienation and mother-in-law treatment” has now faded from the minds of people there. , said Rijiju.

Modi has turned the “look east” policy into an “act east” policy with development work and peace initiatives going hand in hand, he said, adding that the region is now in ” transformational mode”.

The region received more than Rs 76,000 crore in the recent budget, an increase of Rs 7,500 crore, he said, noting that central government flagship programs have boosted road and phone connectivity there. laptops.

A “quadrilateral attack on development” ensured that no one lost, he said.

A safe, secure and developed North East “is very good news” for India, he said while highlighting the security challenges the region traditionally poses.

He noted that AFSPA was lifted from Tripura in 2015 and from most of Arunachal Pradesh as well, with the Center signing peace deals with various insurgent groups to defuse the decades-old crisis.

The government has also worked to settle all border disputes between different states in the region, he said and thanked Interior Minister Amit Shah for executing Modi’s vision on the ground in constantly in dialogue with the chief ministers.

BJP Spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia also praised the Modi government for its work in restoring peace and boosting development in the northeast and said it had resolved major issues facing the region and the countries are facing.

The AFSPA, under which a geographical area is declared a disturbed area to facilitate the operations of the armed forces, will now be fully applicable in 31 districts and partially in 12 districts in four North Eastern states – Assam, Nagaland, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh.

These four states together comprise 90 districts.

The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act 1958 was completely withdrawn in Meghalaya in 2018, Tripura in 2015 and Mizoram in the 1980s.

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