Sarbananda Sonowal: Zero-tolerance towards militancy, sealing Bangla border ‘high priority’

“Some misguided elements of our society may have ignored the messages patriotism of the sages and even belittled the sacrifices made by martyrs and given boycott calls of Independence Day,"Sonowal said.

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Updated: August 16, 2016 2:07 am
Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inspects the parade during the 70th Independence Day Celebration at Khanapara Veterinary College Playground in Guwahati on Monday. PTI Photo(PTI8_15_2016_000415B) *** Local Caption *** Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal inspects the parade during the 70th Independence Day Celebration at Khanapara Veterinary College Playground in Guwahati on Monday. PTI Photo

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday here said the BJP-led government in the state had adopted a policy of zero-tolerance towards militancy and insurgency. Unfurling the national flag for the first time in an Independence Day function, Sonowal also said that the newer generations have started opposing boycott calls on such days by anti-social forces.

“Some misguided elements of our society may have ignored the messages patriotism of the sages and even belittled the sacrifices made by martyrs and given boycott calls of Independence Day. But the newer generations have started opposing such boycott calls given by anti-social forces and are celebrating the ethos and spirit of Independence Day,” Sonowal said. “Our government has adopted a policy of zero-tolerance towards militancy and insurgency,” he added.

Describing this trend as brought about by a “wave of change” the chief minister said, this was visible all around, germinating new innovative thoughts and ideas. “This is a change for restructuring, reconstructing and re-galvanising our Nation from the grassroots. Change in our conscience will give rise to a new Nation,” Sonowal said.

On the burning issue of Bangladesh influx and its adverse impact on the indigenous people to the state, Sonowal said his government was committed to safeguard the interests of each and every ethnic community, tribe and race living in Assam. “To take our national commitment to its logical end, we are on a mission mode to complete the National Register of Citizens (NRC) update by 2017,” he said.

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Sonowal also said that sealing the India-Bangladesh border in order to prevent illegal influx through the porous border was high on the priority list of his government. “We have taken steps for fortifying the barbed wire fence along the border. The border areas department will be soon be rechristened as border protection and development to give it more teeth,” the chief minister said.

Referring to the recurring floods, chief minister Sonowal said most of the 1,250 embankments along the Brahmaputra and Barak and their tributaries have outlived their utility. “We consider these embankments as means to safeguard our rural economy. Our government will go in for revetment of the existing embankments besides receting new ones,” he said.

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