Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) on September 4 signed a tripartite “Karbi Peace Accord” in New Delhi 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 Himanta Biswa Sarma, Union minister Sarbananda Sonowal and representatives of the six outfits.
The militant groups are 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, 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 Northeast”, 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 that the Modi government will give a special development package of around Rs 1000 crore to undertake specific projects for the development of Karbi areas 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 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 Himanta Biswa Sarma meanwhile said the Karbi Anglong agitation had as much mass support as the Assam Agitation, and lauded the peace accord being signed.
The Karbi peace pact will ensure greater devolution of autonomy to the Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (CAAC), protection of identity, language, culture of Karbi people and focussed development of the Council area, without affecting the territorial and administrative integrity of Assam.
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 Assam government shall set up a Karbi Welfare Council for focussed development of Karbi people living outside KAAC area.