Guwahati, Sept 4 : The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Saturday signed a tripartite 'Karbi Peace Accord' here bringing to an end the decades long agitation and unrest in Assam.
The peace agreement was signed in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma, Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and representatives of the six militant outfits from Karbi Anglong in Assam.
The militants groups which signed the peace pact included People's Democratic Council of Karbi Longri (PDCK), Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF), Karbi People's Liberation Tiger (KPLT), Kuki Liberation Front (KLF) and United People's Liberation Army (UPLA).
Describing the agreement as historic, the Union Home Minister Amit Shah said, "By signing the Historic Karbi Anglong Agreement, the Modi government is committed to resolving the decades-old crisis, ensuring the territorial integrity of Assam".
Reiterating Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision of "Insurgency free prosperous North East", he said that the government was committed to fulfil all promises made in the accord, and for rehabilitation of the surrendered cadre. He also said the Modi government will welcome any insurgents who want to give up arms and join the mainstream.
The Home Minister also said the Centre will give a special development package of around Rs 1000 crore to undertake specific projects for the development of Karbi areas as per the accord that has just been signed. This will be a golden day in the history of Assam," Shah further said.
"Over 1000 cadres of over five militant organisations have surrendered arms and joined the mainstream today. The Modi government is committed to welcoming anyone who wants to give up arms and join the mainstream," he said.
"The Government of Assam and the government of India are committed to keeping all the promises made in the accord. It is our policy to welcome anyone who wants to give up arms and join the mainstream. This is the reason why we are bringing an end to all the problems that we inherited from the previous governments," Shah added.
Assam Chief Minister meanwhile said the Karbi Anglong agitation had as much mass support as the Assam agitation, and lauded the peace accord being signed.
The Karbi armed groups have agreed to abjure violence and join the peaceful democratic process as established by law of the land. The Agreement also provides for rehabilitation of cadres of the armed groups.
The Government of Assam shall set up a Karbi Welfare Council for focused development of Karbi people living outside KAAC area.