GUWAHATI, Aug 16 � Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday appealed to the Paresh Baruah faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) to come out of the shadows of anti-national forces and join the mainstream.
�We urge the group led by Paresh Baruah to come from the shadows of anti-national forces and be a part of the peace process in Assam,� Gogoi said in his address at the Independence Day function at the Latasil playground.
Referring to the pro-talk ULFA group led by its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa and the Ranjan Daimary faction of the NDFB which had recently declared ceasefire, Gogoi said, �The people of Assam want permanent peace and all-round development, which is not possible through violence, and it has also been recognised by those who had laid down their arms.�
Gogoi, however, warned that government operations against those extremist outfits indulging in violence would continue for the security and safety of the people.
Reiterating that violence can never bring solution to any problem, Gogoi said, �It is only through discussions and the democratic process that issues can be settled, and we want all the groups to abjure violence.�
�Violence has resulted in deaths of many. The cadres of these outfits are also members of our society...our brothers and sisters. We don�t want loss of any human life. In the interest of Assam�s development and progress all must give up the path of violence�, Gogoi said.
Gogoi also revealed the State would soon adopt the concept of Gross National Happiness introduced to the world by neighbouring Bhutan, as per which the well-being of the citizens would be measured in terms of happiness and not just gross income.
On the Look East Policy, special effort is being made to enhance trade ties between the State and neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Myanmar and Thailand.
In his speech, the Chief Minister also maintained that the Government was committed to implementing the Assam Accord and measures were being initiated to streamline the NRC update process.
�We will not allow any foreigner to stay illegally in the State and at the same time will ensure that no Indian citizen is harassed in the name of detection and deportation of illegal immigrants,� Gogoi said, adding that the issue of �D� voters was also of prime importance for the Government.
Gogoi maintained that as the population growth rate of the State had decreased compared to the national average, it indicated that influx had more or less been curtailed.
Asserting that the Government was laying special stress on rural development, the Chief Minister said that various schemes and policies were chalked out to facilitate holistic development of the rural areas.
Gogoi also laid special emphasis on issues and developments taking place in sectors like health, education, power, flood and erosion, unemployment and transport, among others.