Make presence of administration felt in NC Hills, Pillai tells Asom (Snetinel/1 Aug 2009)
: By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, July 31: Union Home Secretary GK Pillai today did some straight talk and asked the State Government and the Unified Command Structure to make the presence of administration and security felt in NC Hills district if they really wanted to restore peace and bring development in the trouble-torn hill district.
Taking part in the Unified Command Structure meeting that was presided over by Asom Chief Secretary PC Sarma and attended, among others, by the 3 Corps GOC and top officials of 4 Corps, CRPF, and both the outgoing and incoming Asom DGPs, Pillai said: “If peace is to be restored in NC Hills, the people of the district must feel the presence of administration and security personnel. Without good and strict governance, development can’t take place.” He asked the State Government to lay more emphasis on good governance in NC Hills and elsewhere in the State.
According to sources, Pillai made it a point during the Unified Command Structure meeting that the militants under ceasefire should not be allowed to keep arms with them for their security. “The security of the militants under ceasefire is the responsibility of the Government,” Pillai said, and asked the State Government to be strict on that front. On the feeler of ceasefire from the DHD-J, he said: “A decision in this regard will be taken only after my discussion on the matter with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram.”
Earlier in the day, Pillai had a meeting on NC Hills with the Principal Secretary of the North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC), SP and the DC of the hill district. At that meeting too, Pillai made it clear in no uncertain terms that the common people and others in NC Hills must feel that there is an administration and security personnel existing for them.
Meanwhile, a number of social organizations of NC Hills, including the Dimasa People’s Council, Dimasa Mothers’ Association, JNH, Jemi Naga Council and the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) met Pillai at Raj Bhavan and had a detailed discussion on the situation in the hill district.