GUWAHATI, June 10 � Following his party�s rout in the recent Lok Sabha polls, a much mellowed Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today said there is no difference between the State government and the BJP-led NDA Government at the Centre over the issue of detection and deportation of illegal migrants.
Addressing the media here today, Gogoi said his government will fully cooperate with the Centre if the latter decides to use its machinery for detection and deportation of migrants.
�We request the Centre to use its machinery to stop infiltration. We will cooperate. Now, with the introduction of photo voter identify cards, it will be easier,� he said.
Gogoi added that infiltration has declined following steps taken by his government and the previous UPA government, and there is no problem if the NDA government puts in efforts to deal with the matter comprehensively.
He also added that only 6.36 km of the India-Bangladesh international border in Assam remain to be fenced and his government has taken a number of steps to strengthen the fencing, including going for double-fencing, construction of border roads, installation of floodlights, watch posts and riverine police outposts.
Regarding the killing of Hamren SP Nitya Nanda Goswami and his PSO in Karbi Anglong, Gogoi said two inquiries have been ordered and 10 UPLA militants who were involved in the incident have been apprehended this morning along the Karbi Anglong-Nagaland border.
Gogoi said that the inquiries will also help find out deficiencies in the police system, including police infrastructure and help reduce casualties in future.
The State government raised the issue of modernization and upgradation of the police force at the Finance Ministers� Conference chaired by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley yesterday in New Delhi.
�We have also asked for more forces from the Centre,� he said.
Asked about the recent comment of Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju that talks with underground outfits cannot continue indefinitely, Gogoi said, �That will be even better for us. The talks are being held at the initiative of the Central government. Let them (Centre) decide.�
The Chief Minister added that during the Finance Ministers� Conference, the State called upon the new Central government for speedy progress of ongoing projects including the Bogibeel bridge, the Dhola-Sadiya bridge, the Lumding-Silchar broad gauge, among others.