GUWAHATI: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said that the main objective of Assam Agitation was to make Assam free from illegal immigrants. In the six year long agitation people irrespective of all caste, creed, language and religion plunged into the movement. Several lives were lost and so many people sustained permanent injuries. In order to make Assam one of the front ranking States in the country, the present State government for the last 2 years and 10 months has been working resolutely implementing all the clauses of the Assam Accord.
Speaking at a function organized by the Assam Accord Implementation Department to pay honour to those persons who sustained injuries during the Assam Agitation or their family members at Maniram Dewan Trade Centre in the city on Thursday, Chief Minister Sonowal said that to expedite the rate of development of the State, Central Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has attached tremendous importance. He also said that one of the most important clauses of Assam Accord is to seal the border completely. The previous governments did not take any pragmatic steps to seal the border. However, realising that without the land-swapping deal complete sealing off the border is not possible, the Modi-led Central Government executed the land swap deal in 2014 and took steps to completely seal 272 KM Indo-Bangla border. He also said that the present Central government took the help of technology to seal the 61 km riverine border.
Sarbananda Sonowal also said that the previous government for the implementation of Clause-V of the Assam Accord took no pragmatic steps. However, the present government led by Narendra Modi is rendering all possible help for updation of NRC being carried out under the supervision of the Supreme Court of India. After the law and order problem erupted in Barpeta and Chaygaon during the run up to the pilot project of NRC updation process, the previous government did not take any follow-up step.
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