Rajnath says plans afoot to raise two battalions in Assam and Manipur to accommodate and rehabilitate insurgents

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Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh,Chief Minister Okram Ibobi and Union Minister of State for Home, Kiran Rijiji at a meeting.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh,Chief Minister Okram Ibobi and Union Minister of State for Home, Kiran Rijiji at a meeting.

Violence won’t be tolerated at any cost, says Union Home Minister

IMPHAL, February 13: Union Minister for Home Affairs, Rajnath Singh today assured that plans are afoot to establish two separate battalions in Assam and Manipur exclusively for surrendered militants who have come to join the mainstream adding that BJP Government.

This is in the firm belief that India cannot be complete or strong without first strengthening the Northeast, the minister said.

The minister was speaking to the press at the border town of Moreh this morning.

Rajnath and his Minister of State (Home) Kiren Rijuju, arrived in Manipur on two days visit. They arrived by a special plane of the Border Security Force (BSF) at the Tulihal Airpot, Imphal at 1.15 pm from there they went directly to Moreh town bordering Myanmar on an Army helicopter. The Director General of Assam Rifles also accompanied the Union Ministers.

After landing at the 9 Assam Rifles Head Quarter, the Union Ministers headed to the construction sites of the Integrated Check Post.

Speaking to media persons during the reception, Rajnath Singh said that his purpose for the visit at Moreh border town was to take stock of the situation of the progress of various developmental works implemented and also to inspect other requirements.

The Union Home Minister divulged that he will not allow any form of harassment by security forces against the people of the North East region as well as Manipur.

After the inspection, the Union ministers returned to the 9 Assam Rifles headquarters where they interacted with the Jawans and also the villagers settled in the surrounding area.

The deputy Chief Minister of Manipur, Tengnoupal MLA, Minister Govindas and other officials also attended present during the visit.

Later in Imphal at a reception by the State BJP, Rajnath said the NDA government believes that violence should not be tolerated at any cost. Give us a chance for five years to bring development in the NE, stated Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh who arrived in the State on a tour.

Attending a welcome party hosted by the State BJP unit at around 6 pm in its office at Nitaypat Chuthek, he said India now has a strong democracy after a non-Congress political party came to power at the Centre. Appealing to the NE people to give his party a timeframe of five to 10 years to develop the Northeast states, he said insurgency and militancy are the major problems of the NE states.

He also appealed all the insurgents in NE states to leave violence because India was now a healthy democracy where there was no room for violence.

He said the government would like to offer welfare scheme for UGs willing to participate in nation building as the NDA is committed to bringing development to the NE at all cost.

Further asking for five years to give the present government to prove its words, he said if the NDA government doesn`™t bring development in the next five years people in the North-east can blame him personally of failure. If anyone were to ask which region is the top priority for development in India, it is the Northeast region, he stressed.

Our Prime Minister has instructed all the 65 ministers to visit NE at least once in two months. The ministers have to visit NE and must review the development works taken up in NE. People and insurgents must know the true intensions of the NDA government, he said.

Violence and insurgency have to end in NE as the Prime minister is also giving more emphasis to NE States, he added.

He said the NDA government doesn`™t discriminate between States because it knows that when a State develops, the country will develop automatically. If assistance is required for a state, we will provide as much help to them, he added.

The nation has given its confidence to the BJP, now it is time for the party to honour the people for giving it this priceless chance. Let us increase BJP members through membership drives nation-wide. Let us contact people directly door to door, stated Rajnath Singh.

Union Minister of State for Home, Kiran Rijiju who also accompanied Rajnath said the Central team has inspected and reviewed all undergoing construction works at the International Check Post at Moreh today. The Look East policy of the Government of India has been changed into the Act East policy by PM Narendra Modi, with a sharp focus on the North-East as priority area, he said.

Moreh of Manipur will become the gateway to South East Asian countries. The lives of people in the North-East can change only when economic activities develop. In the last 68 years of Congress rule, there was no vision document prepared for the development of NE, he informed.

But the Prime Minister has instructed the Home Minister along with other Cabinet ministers of the NDA government to visit the NE states to review various developmental works in the region, he added.

The Home Minster has always given importance and attention to the NE especially Manipur. Manipur is a focus area because this land is the jewel of India, he said.

BJP state unit president Thounaojam Chaoba requested the Home Minister to advise the Government of Manipur to hold ADC elections in time after the expiry of the term of the earlier ADC members in May. The State should improve its law and order situation in the hill areas which has totally failed in the last many years and even PDS items have not been reached to poor people, he said.

He appealed to bring a solution for peace and development in the State and asked Home Minister Rajnath to impose PR in the state as this is the only remedy left for the problems of mismanagement in Manipur.

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