Karbi Anglong peace accord signed for development and peace, says Prime Minister Modi
Diphu, April 28 (EMN): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said that the Karbi Anglong peace accord was signed for development and peace in Assam, and is being implemented ‘fast’ on the ground.
“As per the accord, INR 1000 crore worth of various projects’ foundation has been laid today. The degree college, veterinary college and agricultural college, all these institutions will give the youth new opportunities. The foundation today is not just for a building, it is not for just a college or an institution. It is the foundation for the bright future of the youths,” Modi stated at a rally in Loringthepi.
Modi laid the foundation stones of College of Veterinary Science to be set up at Manja in Karbi Anglong, College of Agriculture at Kolonga and Model Government College at Umpanai in West Karbi Anglong, which was a part of the Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) signed between the six armed organisations of Karbi Anglong with the Central and Assam governments.
“It is a happy coincidence that when the nation is celebrating Azadi Ka Amrit Mohatsav, we are also observing the 400th birth anniversary of a great son of this land, Lachit Borphukan. His life, duty towards his land is an inspiration towards service to the nation. From Karbi Anglong, I salute this great hero of the nation,” he added.
The prime minister also launched the statewide Amrit Sarovar project in Assam for water conservation and livelihood generation.
Addressing the gathering, Chief Executive Member of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) Tuliram Ronghang termed PM’s visit as a historic day for the people of Karbi Anglong.
‘He has come here to implement the development part of the MoS of the six armed organisations,’ he said.
“I am very thankful to the Prime Minister for restoring peace in our trouble torn district. We are fully confident that the peace accord signed under your blessing will be honoured by both State and Central governments and all the projects mentioned in the agreement will be fully implemented to bring much development in the hill region,” he said.
“Karbi Anglong is the largest Sixth Scheduled district in India and needs more funds for economic development. We need direct funding from the Central government of minimum INR 5000 crore annual budget for all round development of Karbi Anglong,” he added.
The MoS agreement inked on September 4, 2021 in New Delhi allowed the devolution of autonomy of the six armed organisations comprising Karbi Longri North Cachar Hills Liberation Front, People’s Democratic Council of Karbi Longri, United People’s Liberation Army and groups of Karbi People’s Liberation Tigers to the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council for more development in the twin hill districts.
Rio, BJP legislators receive Modi
Earlier on Thursday, Modi who landed at Dimapur Airport en route to Diphu in Assam, was received by Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Deputy CM Y Patton and 12 BJP legislators.
Rio later tweeted: “A great pleasure to receive and interact with the PM Narendra Modi on his arrival at Dimapur Airport along with my colleagues. My best wishes to him and congratulations to the people of Assam as he launches several development projects today”.