GUWAHATI, June 30 � A delegation of the All Assam Students� Union (AASU) led by its adviser Dr Samujjal Bhattacharya called on Union Home Secretary GK Pillai in New Delhi today and felicitated him with a xarai, a gamosa, a seleng sador, a wooden rhino, and a gift pack of books on Assam on the occasion of his last day in office.
Pillai, during his half-an-hour discussion with the AASU delegation, appraised it that the Indo-Bangladesh border would be sealed by 2012 and that a foolproof protection mechanism along the riverine portion of the border would be put in place.
Pillai said that as part of the Centre�s efforts to expedite the National Register of Citizens (NRC) update, directives had been issued to the State Government to start the process at the earliest. He also endorsed the AASU�s long-standing demand for constitutional safeguards for the State�s indigenous people, and said that the matter should be carried to its logical conclusion.
Revealing this in a statement, the AASU also recalled Pillai�s long association with the Assam Accord, especially with the matter of sealing of the Indo-Bangla border and ensuring constitutional safeguards for the State�s indigenous people.
Pillai was Joint Secretary (North-East) of the Home Ministry prior to his appointment as Home Secretary.
�Pillai led the first visit of the tripartite delegation comprising AASU representatives and Assam Government to the Indo-Bangla border at Dhubri and Karimganj sectors. He also chaired the nine-member tripartite sub-committee on constitutional safeguards for the indigenous people.