GUWAHATI, Jan 27 � Reaffirming the State Government�s resolve to bring peace and development to Assam, Governor J B Patnaik has called upon the insurgent groups to come overground and join the mainstream.
Addressing the people on the occasion of the 65th Republic Day at the Veterinary College playground here on Sunday, the Governor said the strategies adopted by the government to counter terrorism and separatism under the Unified Command comprising both the civil and military authorities, had resulted in 13 extremist outfits laying down arms.
�Government is making all-out efforts to persuade the other remaining outfits to come forward for negotiations. I appeal to all such organizations to shun violence and join the mainstream for development of the State,� he said.
�To meet the law-and-order needs of the fast growing Guwahati city, my government will set up a Police Commissionerate in Guwahati very shortly during this year,� he said.
Patnaik termed as �significant development� the holding of successful elections to the Dima Hasao Autonomous Council, the Rabha Hasong Autonomous Council and the Mising Autonomous Council during 2013. The Governor said that the State Government is committed to implementing the Assam Accord.
�Government is striving for peaceful resolution of all issues confronting the State, including expeditious detection and deportation of foreigners residing illegally in the State. At the insistence of the State Government, the Central Government has agreed to increase the number of Foreigners� Tribunals to 100, from the existing 36,� said the First Citizen of Assam.
He added, �It is expected that the National Register of Citizens (NRC), 1951, would be updated within a period of three years from now. Steps have already been taken to modernize the process by digitalizing the existing NRC and preparation of the Photo Electoral Roll which would help in authenticating voter identity.�
Patnaik said the State Government is taking steps for enacting a new Act along the lines of the Lokpal and Lokayukta Act, 2013.