NEW DELHI, Dec 27 � Decline in violence in the North-East and a record number of ceasefire pacts with insurgent outfits marked the year for the Home Ministry.
A year-ender released maintained that there has been significant decline in incidents of violent killings of civilians and security personnel in the NE States due to the consistent efforts of the Home Ministry. Dialogues with underground outfits have been held and Suspension of Operations (SoO) has also been signed.
The ULFA announced �to cease all forms of armed campaign� and submitted its demands to the Union Home Minister in the presence of the Chief Minister of Assam. The Centre�s representative, PC Haldar has been authorised to initiate talks with the ULFA on its demands. A meeting of the Joint Monitoring Group with ULFA was held in September for signing of the Agreed Ground Rules for SoO Agreement.
The Memorandum of Settlement has been signed with the United People�s Democratic Solidarity (UPDS). The Suspension of Operations agreement with the Kuki National Organisation (KNO) and the United People�s Front (UPF) has been extended for a further period of one year beyond August 21, 2011.
Bru repatriation has shown progress. Approximately, 796 Bru families have been repatriated. Further efforts are on to rehabilitate another 2,000 Bru families.
Meetings of Joint Monitoring Group were also held under the chairmanship of Joint Secretary (NE) to oversee the implementation of the Agreed Ground Rules of SoO. Agreements were signed with NDFB (P) and DHD. In the meeting, it was mutually agreed to extend the SoO Agreement further with NDFB (P) and DHD. The Joint Working Group meetings between India and Bangladesh were held in January and November at New Delhi.
Both India and Bangladesh reiterated to address the issues related to security, border management and enhancement of cooperation between law enforcement agencies against arms smuggling and narcotic drugs, fake Indian currency notes, insurgency, trafficking of women and children. Repatriation of prisoners, border fencing, immigration issues and follow-up of the Joint Boundary Working Group meeting also figured during the meeting. Progress has been made in the process of establishment of separate high courts in Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura and splitting of the joint cadre of all-India service in Manipur and Tripura in December, the year-ender claimed.