Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma invites ULFA-I chief Paresh Baruah for peace talks

Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Sunday appealed to Paresh Baruah, chief of the banned organisation, United Liberation Front of Assam-Independent (ULFA-I), to come forward at the negotiating table for the dialogue process.

Speaking at the celebrations to mark the 75th Independence Day, the Assam Chief Minister said that Assam is celebrating the occasion for the first time in decades without a bandh called by terrorist groups including ULFA-I.

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “On behalf of the people of Assam, I appeal to Paresh Baruah to come forward for talks.”

The ULFA-I, which has called for an Assam bandh on Independence Day and Republic Day for several decades, abstained from the practice for the first time this year.

The organization has also announced a unilateral ceasefire from May this year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

I appeal to Paresh Barua of ULFA and the extremist groups in Assam to come into the mainstream, join our dialogue process and contribute constructively. I welcome the decision taken by Paresh Barua for ceasefire due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

The chief minister had earlier urged Barua to come for peace talks after assuming power in May this year.

Jorhat Central Jail to be protected as a heritage site

The Assam government announced the decision to preserve the Jorhat Central Jail as a heritage site.

The Chief Minister of Assam declared, “During the freedom struggle many prominent freedom fighters were imprisoned in Jorhat Central Jail and some martyrs were also hanged in jail. Therefore, we have preserved Jorhat Central Jail as a heritage site. have decided to do.”

“Our government has also decided to increase the pension of freedom fighters from Rs 23,000 to Rs 36,000 and all these former revolutionaries will be given state honors during their last rites,” he said.

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sharma pays tribute

The Assam Chief Minister also paid tribute to the six Assam Police personnel killed in the violent incident on July 26 along the Assam-Mizoram border.

Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “My tributes to the six policemen of Assam who laid down their lives guarding the inter-state border. Being duty bound to protect our borders, Assam maintains friendly relations with all neighboring states. Committed to maintaining it.”

He congratulated boxer Lovlina Borgohain on her Olympic bronze medal and said her success is an inspiration to all.

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Vacation to spend time with aged parents

Himanta Biswa Sarma urged the state government employees to spend seven days with their aged parents.

“Assam government will give you seven days leave to spend time with your aged parents. For each of us, the Amrit Mahotsav of Azadi will become more meaningful if we all plant 75-75 saplings in offices, schools, colleges. And other campuses around us. Let’s nurture ourselves and do our bit to enrich nature,” Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

Assam’s commitment to eradicate social evils

The Assam Chief Minister further said that the Assam Cattle Protection Bill, 2021, which was passed by the Assam Assembly on Friday, reflects the state government’s resolve to protect the state’s cultural ethos.

“As we celebrate the elixir of freedom, I would like to reiterate the government’s commitment to go the extra mile to free Assam from the menace of human trafficking, drugs and animal trafficking. We need to make Assam free from these social evils. should work tirelessly,” he added.

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