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Guwahati : The Chief Minister of Assam, Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma, distributed financial grants to 1,181 former cadres of five Adivasi militant organizations that signed a peace agreement with the Centre and the Assam government. Each recipient received a fixed deposit of Rs. 4 lakhs with a maturity period of 3 years, along with a loan facility of Rs. 3.2 lakhs from the State Bank of India.
Speaking at the event, Chief Minister Sarma emphasized the historic significance of this initiative for the upliftment of the Adivasi communities in the state. He encouraged the former rebels to make the best use of the financial grants and offered government support for skill training through agencies like the State Institute of Rural Development.
The Chief Minister highlighted the state’s efforts to fulfill the aspirations of various communities, including ongoing peace talks with organizations like the pro-talks faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). He expressed hope for the eventual repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Assam as the state moves toward unprecedented growth and progress.
Despite a reduction in armed forces’ deployment, Assam has maintained peace and stability, thanks in part to the contributions of civil society organizations and student groups. The government is focused on uplifting marginalized sections of society, including the Adivasi and tea tribe communities, through measures like job reservations, medical college seats, road infrastructure improvement, and enhanced scholarships.
Chief Minister Sarma urged the former rebels to play constructive roles in society and combat social issues like alcoholism and child marriages. The event was attended by senior government officials and dignitaries.