A tripartite meeting involving the representatives of Government of Assam and ULFA was held here today under the Chairmanship of Union Home Secretary Shri RK Singh to review the progress made in talks with ULFA and also to discuss their demands.
In the meeting,Union Home Secretary reviewed the progress so far made made in talks with ULFA. After detailed discussion, it was decided to follow up on a few specific steps on some issues. Union Home Secretary said that he would take a meeting with the heads of various Central Ministries and Government of Assam in connection with the various issues raised by the delegation. Shri Singh stated that he would hold a meeting in this connection very soon.
ULFA representatives requested that genuine grievances of the people of Assam need to be addressed on priority. Union Home Secretary responded by emphasizing that Government attaches highest priority and importance to address the grievances of the people of the country including Assam. It was also stated that additional measures need to be taken for effective guarding of Indo-Bangladesh Border to check illegal infiltration from across the border. Union Home Secretary assured that effective measures were being taken in this regard which had helped to control the illegal influx and also that the additional measures, if required, would be taken.
ULFA delegation was led by its Chairman Shri Arabinda Rajkhowa. Shri PC Haldar ,Government of India’s Representative for Peace Talks and Shri NK Das, Chief Secretary, Assam were also present in the meeting besides some other officials.
After the meeting with the Union Home Secretary, ULFA delegation also met the Union Home Minister.