SILCHAR, June 21 � At a time when there has been a lot of debate on the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and its modalities, Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya on Saturday said that NRC must be completed as per specified provisions but it must also be seen that no genuine citizen of the country is denied justice.
Replying to questions on the NRC from the media here during his visit to inaugurate the International Yoga Festival at Gurucharan College, Acharya said that the Government has to take a call on this. However, there must not be any foreigner residing in the State illegally, he added. He said that efforts must be made for providing justice to the people belonging to the tea garden community.
Earlier, while addressing the people of Silchar after inaugurating the International Yoga Festival jointly organised by the Keshav Smarak Sanskritik Surabhi, Silchar and Patanjali Yog Samiti, Cachar ahead of the International Day of Yoga Acharya said that even as the North East of India is replete with possibilities and resources, yet the people living here are facing everyday challenges which are forcing them to call for separate lands. �The disturbances leading to the growing feeling of disintegration and terror activities are not responsible for the unsettled situation in the region. It is because of our own deficiencies in understanding the issues which have resulted in the current scenario,� he said.
Referring to those in power, Acharya said that if the development for all was well thought about, North East India would have prospered with great exuberance. He added to say that an in-depth introspection is a must to find a solution to these issues deterring the development of the region.
Astonished with the mounting opposition on the practice of yoga across the nation in the recent times, the Governor said that before opposing yoga, people must know what it is. Terming the recent operation in Myanmar to gun down terrorists as �a sample for the future�, Acharya said that the Government and the Army has accomplished something so meticulously that no one has ever dared to do so far. He said that the operation has made the world realise India�s strength but was quick to express his pain saying that when the nation�s Prime Minister visits Arunachal Pradesh and China claims this to be its own land; no voices are raised in protest.
In his message to the people, he said that if the three E�s � education, employment and electricity� is made available to the people, India will be on course for achieving its goals at a great pace. He underscored the fact that the empowered section has to step up the will to help the needy, thereby narrowing down the gap between the haves and the havenots. He emphasised on the development of the tribal communities as well.
Deputy Commissioner S Viswanathan, Vice Chancellor of Assam University, Prof Somnath Dasgupta and Sashikant Chouthawale from the Swami Vivekananda Centre, Bengaluru spoke on the occasion. Subhranshu Shekhar Bhattacharjee, president of the Keshav Smarak Sanskriti Surabhi also addressed the gathering.
The Governor felicitated noted social activist Deep Chand Sharma and had a meeting with the pineapple growers of Hmarkhawlien in Lakhipur subdivision where he said that not just cultivation but skill development is also necessary for better results. He informed that the Central Government has released a grant to the tune of Rs 30,000 crore to the colleges across the nation for skill development programmes.
Earlier in the day, Acharya also inaugurated a computer centre at the local RSS office.