Guwahati: Assam Governor Janaki Ballav
Patnaik on Sunday appealed to the underground militant groups to
abjure violence and come to the discussion table to solve the
issues for an overall development of the state.
Hoisting the National Flag on the 65th Republic Day here,
Patnaik also condemned the recent incidents of violence in
many districts across the state and said the culprits will be
"I appeal to all...organisations to shun violence and
join the mainstream for the development of the state. The
government is making all out efforts to persuade the other
remaining outfits to come forward for negotiations," he said.
The Governor said, 13 extremist groups have laid down
arms on account of strategies adopted by the government to
counter terrorism and separatism, under the unified command
structure, comprising both civil and military authorities.
"My government condemns the recent killings of innocent
persons in Karbi Anglong, Chirang, Kokrajhar and Udalguri
districts. We are taking firm steps to strengthen the security
environment in these areas and to apprehend the perpetrators
of such inhuman crimes," Patnaik said.
He also said the capital city will get a Police
Commissionerate this year to meet the law and order needs.
"Assam has undergone a sea-change over the last dozen
years, emerging from two decades of conflict and economic
stagnation and is rapidly developing as a vibrant economy.
However, much remains to be done," Patnaik said.
Accepting that "there are challenges ahead", he said the
state can together move further on the path of peace, progress
and development. The government was committed to provide equal
opportunities to all ethnic groups and was pursuing the matter
of according Scheduled Tribes status to six major communities.
"My government has adopted the Swavalamban Scheme with
effect from October, 2013 for helping the weaker and
economically disadvantaged sections of the society engaged in
the unorganised sector," he added.
Besides, various initiatives were started under the Multi
Sectoral Development Plan in areas like agriculture, cottage
industry, drinking water and education to uplift the minority
communities, he said.