SHILLONG, March 28 - The Central Government today extended the tripartite ceasefire agreement by another year with the banned Achik National Volunteers� Council (ANVC.)
The decision to extend the ceasefire agreement was undertaken after a meeting of the Joint Monitoring Group (JMG) comprising of officials from the Central and State Governments.
The JMG held the closed door meeting with leaders of the militant outfit here. A four-member team of the ANVC was led by its general secretary Wanding R Marak.
The ceasefire agreement against the militant outfit is revised on a routine basis. This is done based on the inputs from the State Government and also central Intelligence forces.
On July 24, 2004, the Union Government suspended operations against the ANVC paving way for the tripartite talks. After the ceasefire agreement, the cadres of the outfit have been staying at two designated camps in Garo Hills.
Director from the Union Home Ministry, in-charge North East, JPN Singh said after the meeting that the one-year extension would come into effect from April 1 next to March 31, 2015.
Moreover, the ANVC, the State and the Central Government are on the verge of signing a peace agreement that would pave way for the militants to contest elections and also expand the powers and authority of the Garo Hills Autonomous District Council.
However, the agreement needs to be ratified by the Union Cabinet and also the Parliament. This has been kept on hold due to the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.