On a day-long visit to Assam, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh praised the Centre and the state administration for drastically lowering the impact of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the northeast.
He said the task of repealing AFSPA has been ongoing in northeastern states for the last three to four years, speaking at a felicitation function for 1971 War Veterans in Srimanta Sankaradeva Kalakshetra, Guwahati.
“It’s no coincidence that the work to repeal AFSPA has been concentrated in the northeastern states for the past three to four years. AFSPA has recently been repealed in 23 Assam districts ” the Defense Minister said.
In addition, “AFSPA was removed from 15 police stations in Manipur and Nagaland. That in itself means a lot. This is the result of durable peace and stability in this area.”
The central government has ordered the removal of AFSPA from 15 police station areas in seven districts of Nagaland, 15 police station areas in six districts of Manipur, 23 districts entirely and one district partially in Assam.
“In a significant step, GoI under the decisive leadership of PM Shri @NarendraModi Ji has decided to reduce disturbed areas under Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in the states of Nagaland, Assam, and Manipur after decades,” Union Home Minister Amit Shah had said in a tweet.
The award ceremony was organized by the Assam government to honor the sacrifices of soldiers who fought in the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. The event was also attended by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, his cabinet colleagues, and senior government officials.
Defence Minister to attend the 7th India Industrial Fair (UDYAM 2022) in Khanapara
Later in the day, the Defence Minister would attend the 7th India Industrial Fair (UDYAM 2022) at the veterinary field in Khanapara, Guwahati. For the visit of the Defence Minister, Guwahati has made extensive security measures.