Guwahati: Assam government on Monday said law and order situation in the state had improved considerably and violence perpetrated by extremist’s outfits had subsided.
"The government in the past decade had taken several steps to maintain law and order despite the presence of various extremists groups and violence has been contained", Forest Minister Rockybul Hussain said on behalf of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi told the state assembly here.
"The situation has improved since what it was in the 1990s (when the opposition Asom Gana Parishad was in power) and our government has taken steps to ensure safety of the common people", Hussain said.
Stating that the government is open for talks with any extremist outfit, the minister invited the anti-talk faction of the ULFA led by its "commander-in-chief" Paresh Baruah for negotiation.
"We`ll take every group into confidence and have negotiations with them to solve their demands", he said.
Replying to another question the minister said steps had been taken to fill up posts vacant in police department. In the top level there were nine vacancies in the rank of IGP, two in the rank of DIG, 12 SPs and 21 additional SPs, he said.