Territorial Integrity of NE states wont be affected in Framework Agreement: Union Home Secy

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By Arnab Jyoti Das with Inputs from Jyotish Pawan Bordoloi

Guwahati, December 22: Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Friday chaired a series of high-level meeting in Guwahati to take stock of the measures taken by Assam government and its law enforcing agencies to deal with the situation that may arise post publication of draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) besides gathering the first hand information about the internal security scenario in the insurgency affected state.

The Union Home Secretary stated categorically that the territorial  integrity of none of the Northeastern states would be disturbed  while implementing the ‘Framework of Agreement’ signed by the Government of India with Naga rebel group NSCN-IM in August, 2015 as a definite step towards finding a solution to the long-drawn Naga peace process.

The Union Home Secretary made the statement during a press conference, after chairing a security review meeting at the Assam Administrative Staff College in Khanapara, Guwahati on Friday. Also present on the occasion were Assam Chief Secretary Vinod Kumar Pipersenia, Director General of Police (DGP, Assam) Mukesh Sahay,  State Coordinator of NRC updating process, Pratik Hajela, Registrar General of India (RGI), Sailesh.

Gauba said “I would like to point out that it has been already clarified even at the highest level of the Union Government that territorial integrity of none of the Northeasters states will be disturbed because of the final solution to be reached with Naga group NSCN-IM in the light of the ‘framework of agreement’ signed with them by the Government of India.”

The statement came amidst many apprehensions aired by many quarters in the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur which have boundaries with Nagaland and feared that territorial integrity of these neighbouring states was at stake in the view of the closely guarded ‘framework of agreement’ signed between the Government of India and he NSCN-IM.

The Union Home Secretary also said that border fencing work along the India- Bangladesh border was being fast-tracked while in certain vulnerable and sensitive areas, physical fencing was being supplemented by state-of-the-art electronic devices.

Gauba also said that the Ministry of Home Affairs would take up with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, the proposal mooted by Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to build a four-lane highway along the India-Bhutan border for improving bilateral trade.