In a significant development, a tripartite peace accord was signed between the Centre, Assam government and five tribal militant outfits and three splinter groups of the state in New Delhi on Thursday, and a special development package of Rs 1,000 crore was announced to implement the accord.
The peace deal was signed in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at the Ministry of Home Affairs in North Block.
The union Home minister later said a special development package of Rs 1,000 crore (Rs 500 crore each by the Centre and Assam government) will be provided over a period of five years for the development of infrastructure in the tribal inhabited villages and areas of Assam.
Taking to Twitter, the Union Minister said “the signing of the historic tripartite agreement between the Govt of India, the Assam govt and representatives of eight Tribal groups of Assam at North Block, New Delhi. Another milestone towards PM Narendra Modi Ji’s vision of a peaceful North East”.
In another tweet, he said : “A historic agreement between GoI, Govt of Assam and representatives of eight Adivasi groups was signed today in New Delhi to end the decades-old crisis of Adivasis and tea garden workers in Assam.”
Terming this a historic day for the North East region, the Minister said, several steps have been taken to ensure peace and development in the North East under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Further, he said the Centre is committed to resolve all border disputes between the North Eastern States and all disputes related to armed groups by 2024.
The agreement provides for setting up of an Adivasi Welfare and Development Council by the Assam government with the objective of fulfilling the political, economic and educational aspirations; protecting, preserving and promoting social, cultural, linguistic and ethnic identities etc.