New Delhi, June 6: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said that the Centre was ready to hold talks with Northeast insurgent outfits, if they were ready to join the mainstream.
In a recent interview to a news channel, he said: “We are very open to negotiation. Those factions, with whom the peace talks are ongoing, and as well as some form of channel has been opened up with them it will be continued”.
He however said there was no reason for immediately reviewing those talks.
“What we have to see is that is the talk progressing positively or its just for the sake of talk, the talks are going on. If the previous government’s decisions are going on track, then we will not destabilize, we will not deviate from the course. We will like to maintain the same course. But if we feel that wherever it is required to open of new channels, we will definitely do that, we are open to talks,” Rijiju said.
Sending out a strong message to insurgent outfits the minister said: “At the same time, we should not seem to be very relaxed or soft, because the security of India is the top most priority. Any faction, any groups who are there to destabilize the democratic structure of the country, then it is not acceptable. And any kind of talk should be within the framework of the constitution of India”.
He also disclosed that the Centre plans to provide employment to the surrendered militants. “There are established policies to engage the surrendered militants in the mainstream. And Rajnath Singh (Union Home Minister) has already spelt out that we should open our arms and those who are surrendering should be engaged, through providing them employment or engaging them in some constructive work or put them in the mainstream, whatever is suitable for them. But we don’t want to keep them unemployed thereby generating more dissatisfaction in the society. So, it’s basically getting everybody on board together and then get maximum people involved in the process so that we reduce the problem we are facing”, Rijiju said.
Safety of North East people: He also pointed out that he would give special focus on safety for people from the Northeastern region, particularly those staying outside the region.
India-China border issue: Rijiju said Centre was very concerned about maintaining security along the international boundary, especially in Arunachal Pradesh bordering China.
“We have decided to strengthen our forces especially in Indo-China border area. That is one area where it is lacking, both in regards to man power and infrastructure development. We will definitely enhance in large scale the development of border areas,” he said
Look East Policy: Rijiju also stressed on the importance of the Northeast region in India’s Look East policy.
“…One point which I always say is that while India adopts the policy of Look East that is closer co-ordination with the countries in the eastern part of the Asian continent, we must not forget Northeast India. India’s Look East policy must be through the Northeastern part”, he said.