Militancy in NE heading towards its end: Prez

Spl. Correspondent/Agencies NEW DELHI, JAN 29 (NPN) | Publish Date: 1/29/2021 12:53:26 PM IST

President Ram Nath Kovind said that extremism in the North East is heading towards its end with incidents of violence.

Terming the Central government as fully committed to the overall and balanced development of the region, President Ram Nath Kovind said on Friday that the benefits of the policy of sensitivity and partnership for lasting peace in the North East are evident today.

Addressing a joint session of Parliament on the first day of the budget session, Kovind said, “The benefits of the policy of sensitivity and partnership that the government has worked with for lasting peace in the North East are evident today. 

“Today extremism in North East is on the wane and there is a sharp decline in the number of violent incidents. The youth who went astray on the path of violence are now returning to the mainstream of development and nation building,” he said.

He said that the policy of rapid development is being worked out while preserving the geographical, cultural, linguistic characteristics and social identity of the North East. Kovind said that the Brahmaputra River is a ‘ life stream ‘ of north-eastern states including Assam.

Kovind further went on to assert that the Centre was committed to counter the forces challenging the sovereignty and unity of the country, at every level. While on the one hand, development is being promoted in violence affected areas, on the other hand firm action is being taken against the forces inciting violence, he said. As a result of this, Kovind said that the number of naxal-violence related incidents have declined and the naxal-affected area is shrinking.

He also condemned the violence during the tractor rally taken out in the capital on Republic Day by the farmers protesting against the three farm laws and termed it as “unfortunate”. Defending the three farm laws, Kovind said that his government wanted to make it clear that the rights and facilities available under the system prevailing before the enactment of the three laws were not affected in any way. Rather, through these reforms, he said that the Centre has provided new facilities to the farmers and has empowered them.

While the Constitution gives us the right to freedom of expression it is also expected that we abide by the laws and rules with equal sincerity, he said.

The President also noted how the country achieved success even in seemingly unattainable goals whenever it is united and said challenges like COVID-19 or border tension with China were faced with fortitude by everyone together. He said the country has faced every crisis with fortitude, be it the coronavirus pandemic, floods, earthquakes or major cyclones in several states, locust attack or the bird flu, border tension etc.

Oppn boycott President’s address in solidarity with protesting farmers 

The budget session of Parliament began on a stormy note after members belonging to 20 Opposition parties boycotted the President’s customary address to the joint sitting of both the Houses, demanding repeal of the farm laws. They staged a noisy protest in the Lok Sabha and dharna outside. 
As soon as the House read the obituary notices, members from the Congress, DMK and the Left parties entered the Well of the House raising slogans. Shiv Sena members were raising slogans from their seats. 
They were also demanding that obituary be paid to the farmers who have died during the agitation by farmers against the legislations.
The two Houses later met separately for the tabling of the President’s Address. Both, the President’s address as well as the Economic Survey was tabled first in the Lok Sabha amid sloganeering by opposition parties against the three farm laws. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla later adjourned the House till Monday -- the day when the Union Budget will be presented by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Meanwhile, the BJP launched a scathing attack on the opposition parties for their decision to boycott the President’s address to Parliament accusing them of “constitutional and moral bankruptcy”.
The session is being held in two parts this year due to Covid-19 pandemic.
The first part of the Budget Session is scheduled to conclude on February 15 while the second part will commence on March 8 and is expected to end on April 8. Given the Covid-19 outbreak, Parliament will sit in two shifts. The morning session is dedicated to the Rajya Sabha while the Lok Sabha will sit in the evening.
The Rajya Sabha will sit from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., while the Lok Sabha will sit from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Zero Hour and Question Hour will also be held.


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