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Doors open for talks with ultras: Governor

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, March 2 � The Budget Session of the Assam Legislative Assembly started on a stormy note today with the Opposition members raising slogans during the speech by the Governor, JB Patnaik, who was forced to read out only the first and last few lines of the written speech, which was placed in the House. Meanwhile, the Governor announced that the Government is ready for talks with the militants within the framework of the Constitution of India.

As soon as the Governor mentioned about improvement of law and order scene in the State in his speech, the Opposition members rose to their feet and started shouting slogans against the Government. They also displayed placards against the Government on issues like corruption in NC Hills Autonomous Council, price rise of essential commodities etc. The ruling party members also rose to their feet and started slogan shouting against the opposition and amidst the din, the Governor only read out the first and last few sentences of the speech and it was accepted as read.

Meanwhile, in his speech, the Governor said that there has been perceptible improvement of the law and order situation mainly because of constant pressure by the security forces. A number of top ULFA leaders have been arrested in last few months, while, two important militant groups � KLNLF and DHD (J) surrendered arms. �While we will continue to deal with any act of violence firmly, I would like to say that the doors are open for negotiation within the framework of the Constitution of India,� the Governor said.

On the recent controversy over financial irregularities in NC Hills Autonomous Council, the Governor said that on receipt of a proposal from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for consideration of CBI probe, the Government gave its consent in this regard immediately. He said that the Government is committed to ensure that the development funds are utilized properly and recommended a special audit of the Autonomous Council funds by the Accountant General. He said that the Government had also Constituted Manisana Singh Commission of enquiry in this regard and the action taken report of the recommendations was placed in the House in July last year.

The Governor said that the financial health of the State improved considerably and hoped that with the implementation of the recommendation of the new pay commission, the employees would dedicate themselves fully to the service of the people.

Education: Giving an account of the new schemes in the field of education, Patnaik said that the Government has taken initiative to set up a national law school and judicial academy at Amingaon at a total project cost of Rs 100 crore to meet the growing need of legal studies and research. The Jorhat science college is being upgraded to Jorhat Institute of Science and Technology, while, the Government has also decided to establish a University of Science and Technology. Two new engineering colleges in Kokrajhar and Karimganj are in the pipeline and a new medical college will be established in Diphu, the Governor announced in the House.

Assam Accord: Patnaik announced that the Government is committed to implement the Assam Accord and to update the NRC and two pilot projects are on the anvil. A detention centre has been established in Goalpara jail to detain the persons declared as foreigners by the tribunals till they are deported from the country. The process of revival of the Ashok Paper Mill has started and the Bogibeel bridge has been approved by the Government of India as a national project. The Government has also constituted sports authority of Assam to promote sports and to maintain the sports infrastructure created during the 33rd National games. Initiative has been taken to set up a North East regional centre of the Lakhsmibai National University of Physical Education in Guwahati, he added.

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Doors open for talks with ultras: Governor

GUWAHATI, March 2 � The Budget Session of the Assam Legislative Assembly started on a stormy note today with the Opposition members raising slogans during the speech by the Governor, JB Patnaik, who was forced to read out only the first and last few lines of the written speech, which was placed in the House. Meanwhile, the Governor announced that the Government is ready for talks with the militants within the framework of the Constitution of India.

As soon as the Governor mentioned about improvement of law and order scene in the State in his speech, the Opposition members rose to their feet and started shouting slogans against the Government. They also displayed placards against the Government on issues like corruption in NC Hills Autonomous Council, price rise of essential commodities etc. The ruling party members also rose to their feet and started slogan shouting against the opposition and amidst the din, the Governor only read out the first and last few sentences of the speech and it was accepted as read.

Meanwhile, in his speech, the Governor said that there has been perceptible improvement of the law and order situation mainly because of constant pressure by the security forces. A number of top ULFA leaders have been arrested in last few months, while, two important militant groups � KLNLF and DHD (J) surrendered arms. �While we will continue to deal with any act of violence firmly, I would like to say that the doors are open for negotiation within the framework of the Constitution of India,� the Governor said.

On the recent controversy over financial irregularities in NC Hills Autonomous Council, the Governor said that on receipt of a proposal from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for consideration of CBI probe, the Government gave its consent in this regard immediately. He said that the Government is committed to ensure that the development funds are utilized properly and recommended a special audit of the Autonomous Council funds by the Accountant General. He said that the Government had also Constituted Manisana Singh Commission of enquiry in this regard and the action taken report of the recommendations was placed in the House in July last year.

The Governor said that the financial health of the State improved considerably and hoped that with the implementation of the recommendation of the new pay commission, the employees would dedicate themselves fully to the service of the people.

Education: Giving an account of the new schemes in the field of education, Patnaik said that the Government has taken initiative to set up a national law school and judicial academy at Amingaon at a total project cost of Rs 100 crore to meet the growing need of legal studies and research. The Jorhat science college is being upgraded to Jorhat Institute of Science and Technology, while, the Government has also decided to establish a University of Science and Technology. Two new engineering colleges in Kokrajhar and Karimganj are in the pipeline and a new medical college will be established in Diphu, the Governor announced in the House.

Assam Accord: Patnaik announced that the Government is committed to implement the Assam Accord and to update the NRC and two pilot projects are on the anvil. A detention centre has been established in Goalpara jail to detain the persons declared as foreigners by the tribunals till they are deported from the country. The process of revival of the Ashok Paper Mill has started and the Bogibeel bridge has been approved by the Government of India as a national project. The Government has also constituted sports authority of Assam to promote sports and to maintain the sports infrastructure created during the 33rd National games. Initiative has been taken to set up a North East regional centre of the Lakhsmibai National University of Physical Education in Guwahati, he added.

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