SHILLONG, May 1: Union Minister of State of Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju today said that the Centre will tackle militancy in the region with an iron fist in velvet gloves. He however maintained that the rendra Modi government is opening “channels” for all misguided youths to join the mainstream.
“The government policy is to open all the channels so that misguided youths can come back and join the mainstream and opportunities will be created for them,” Rijiju stated at a public function in Ri Bhoi district.
“To deal with the conflict, we are opening channels. It is an iron fist with a velvet glove. For those who are under the influence of exterl forces and trying to destabilize the society and the State, the security forces will have to give a befitting reply,” said Rijiju.
Rijiju further said that while the Centre is addressing the problem of insurgency, it is focusing upon development as the core issue.
“These armed struggles have resulted from a feeling of isolation and alietion,” he said, adding “Once it is removed, I am hoping everybody in the Northeastern region will join the mainstream.”
Asserting that “mainstream does not flow from Delhi, but begins from the respective states”, the Union Minister said, “Opportunities will be made available so that we remain engaged in the region itself. We need not go outside the region in search of job opportunities.”
Pointing out that people from NE states going out in search of opportunities is “good”, Rijiju said, “There should however be no lack of opportunities within the region itself. We need to create more jobs in this region.”
On the alleged racial discrimition against people from NE in mainland India, Rijiju said that the Centre has ected new laws to protect the rights of people from the region. “We are also bringing one more amendment bill in the CrPC/IPC for pelty provision. Every ministry in the Government of India has been asked to formulate a policy to cater to the needs and problems of the Northeastern people. The HRD ministry is including chapters on the region in history books,” Rijiju said.