Financial aid given to surrendered NDFB militants
GUWAHATI: Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has said that his Government has already given written submission to the Gauhati High Court "for reducing the pending cases against the surrendered militants according to laws so that they can live a life of dignity and the judiciary is requested to set up a special court for speedy disposal of the cases".
Sonowal has also said that the State Government has already decided to bring the militants and their family members under the Atal Amrit Abhiyan for providing them medical treatment.
Inaugurating the distribution of financial aid to surrendered NDFB (National Democratic Front of Boroland) members at a function at GMCH auditorium here on Tuesday, Sonowal said, "Out of 1,615 members of four NDFB surrendered factions, 1279 have been provided Rs 4 lakh fixed term deposit certificates each today, and the rest of the members would also be provided the same after completion of the necessary processes."
Sonowal urged the surrendered members of the militant organization to make a fresh start in life and said that the Central and State Governments, BTC administration and the people would always extend their support in this endeavour. He also called on them to utilize the financial assistance judiciously and said that "fixed term deposit certificates provided today would enable them to take bank loans for agriculture, livestock farming, setting small industries etc., apart from taking advantage of various government schemes." Sonowal assured of giving necessary directions to banks from the administration for the purpose while providing skill development training to today's financial assistance recipients.
He also remarked that historic BTR Accord generated a lots of hope among the people of Assam and he thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for bringing the accord to fruition.
BTC CEM Pramod Bodo thanked the Central and State Governments for showing respect towards the three-decade-long-struggle of the Bodos for safeguarding their identity and ending the uncertainties prevalent in the Bodo areas through the Accord. He also said that BTC authorities have constituted a three-member committee for overseeing the rehabilitation of surrendered NDFB militants and employed five advocates for speedy resolution of pending cases against the militants.
State DGP Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta urged the surrendered NDFB members to utilize the funds provided to them judiciously.
The Chief Minister also gave farewell to GOC of 4 Corps of Indian Army Lt. Gen Shantanu Dayal, a press release said.