“Assam to produce Non-Lethal weapons: Rs 500 Cr package to BTR soon”: Amit Shah

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Shah inaugurated the new office building of Directorate of Census Operations, Assam at Amingaon in Kamrup district.
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"Assam to produce Non-Lethal weapons: Rs 500 Cr package to BTR soon": Amit Shah
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Guwahati: Assam’s Bodoland Territorial Region (BTR) will be the new producer of high quality Non-Lethal weapons and of spare parts for armaments and optical instruments, their repair and to supply arms, ammunition and allied equipment to the security forces of the region.

On Monday, union home minister Amit Shah visited Tamulpur area in BTR and took part in Bhumi Puja of the Central Workshop and Stores (CENWOSTO) of the BSF and laid its foundation. CENWOSTO is providing engineering and ordnance support to Border Security Force (BSF).

Shah said, “With the workshop coming up, all the central forces, border forces and police forces will have their arms and ammunition from here. This will enhance the importance of Assam’s security. Frontiers in West Bengal, Meghalaya, and Tripura will be benefited besides generating employment for locals.”

The home minister informed that Rs 50 Crore would be invested for the project.  

A premier workshop of BSF, CENWOSTO, producing high quality non-lethal weapons like Tear Gas Guns, MBLs“Agnivarsha” , Miniflares, all kinds of spare parts for Armaments and Optical Instruments, their repair and to supply Arms, Amn and allied equipment to BSF, CPOs and SPOs.

It was established with the aim to achieve self sufficiency in spare parts of weapons used in BSF. It is capable in handling radioactive source used in mortar and artillery sights for night firing.

The home minister also announced that the Centre has been contemplating on a fresh package of Rs 500 crore soon for the BTR region.

“As per the BTR accord, the government promised a package of Rs 1,500 crore for the development of BTR. However, the special package has been raised to Rs 1,980 and has been approved by the Centre and the state while an additional package of Rs 500 crore is under consideration”, Shah said.

In January 2020, the central government signed the Bodo Peace Accord – with insurgent group National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) providing political and economic bonanza. Bodo insurgents were fighting for a separate state for the community since the late 1980s.

Later in the day, Shah inaugurated the new office building of Directorate of Census Operations, Assam at Amingaon in Kamrup district. Shah was on a 3-day visit to the state.

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