As part of the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mohotsav’, Eastern Command of the Indian Army is organising ‘Purvottar Swabhiman Utsav’ to celebrate the contributions of the Northeastern region in nation building.
As a part of the two-day event, a panel discussion was conducted at Assam Administrative Staff College in Guwahati on Sunday. The discussion was attended by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma and many other prominent personalities.
Welcoming the speakers, Lt Gen Rana Pratap Kalita, General Officer Commanding in Chief, Eastern Command, exuded confidence that the seminar will show the path to achieving the goal of a prosperous Northeast playing a pivotal role in nation building.
Former Rajya Sabha MP Swapan Dasgupta delivered the keynote address and emphasised how this transformational development in the Northeastern states will propel the entire nation to progress.
Lt Gen Subrata Saha (Retd) and Lt Gen P.C. Nair spoke about the contributions of the Indian Army and the role of Assam Rifles in integrating the Northeastern region with the mainstream.
Education & Law Minister of Manipur, Th Basanta Singh, highlighted the outstanding contributions of the state with sportspersons bringing laurels to the country at international sporting events.
Conrad Sangma elucidated the methods to achieve greater integration of the Northeastern region with the national mainstream and enhance tourism in the region, thereby enhancing economic prosperity.
Former Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla emphasised the critical role of this region in India’s Act East Policy.
ULFA-I has lost most of its influence in Assam: Eastern Army commander
Indian Army’s Eastern Command chief Lt General Rana Pratap Kalita on Sunday appealed to the banned United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) chief Paresh Baruah to come to the table for talks.
He said that the influence of ULFA-I has declined drastically at the ground level of Assam. It has some hold only in the four districts of the state, and now peace and harmony are reigning in the region, he added.
The Eastern Command chief also said that India has progressed very well in terms of military capability, economics, and foreign affairs. “We assure that the army is completely prepared to meet any emergency and any sort of challenge. At all costs, we will safeguard the territorial integrity of the country.”Reacting to scrapping Armed Forces Special Powe Act (AFSPA) from the region, he said that the law has been repealed from most of the areas of the northeastern states.
“Meghalaya and Tripura are now peaceful states. Mizoram has been progressing in that path too. AFSPA has been removed from several districts of Nagaland and Manipur. Depending on the situation, the Central government may in the future repeal AFSPA fully from this region,” he added.
Lt General Kalita was attending the Purvottar Swabhiman Utsav organised by his Command.