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�NE security scenario improved�


GUWAHATI, July 13 - Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Wednesday asserted that the overall security scenario in the North East has improved since 2014. He announced that the target of his Ministry is to secure complete peace in the region so that development is expedited here.

Participating in the political conclave of the North East Democratic Alliance (NEDA) here, Rijiju pointed out that security and development go hand in hand and that in the interest of the region, extremism needs to be eliminated.

Rijiju revealed that the entire international border that Assam shares with Bangladesh will be sealed by 2017. All fencing work in the other States will also be completed, he said divulging that funds for border management have been enhanced by 44 per cent from this financial year.

Rijiju also said that his Ministry has adopted a two-pronged strategy to deal with extremism and separatist forces. �Our stand is tough and soft where required,� he added.

The Union Minister said that the issue of racial discrimination faced by the people of the North East has been taken very seriously and that within a couple of months a booklet highlighting the steps taken by the government to make them feel protected will be published.

Meanwhile, DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh has assured full support to the North East and expressed that in the coming days the region will see itself scripting new chapters in development.

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