Modi vows to remove AFSPA completely from Northeast amid improved law & order
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that efforts are on to completely remove AFSPA from the Northeast region. Addressing the 'Peace, Unity and Development' rally in Diphu, he said that AFSPA may be withdrawn from different parts of the region as the law and order situation has improved in the last eight years. The prime minister is in the northeastern state today to lay foundations and inaugurate some development projects worth several hundred crores.
He said that the law and order situation has improved with 75 percent reduction in violence in the area, with the enforcement of laws bringing about changes. He said that AFSPA was revoked first in Tripura and then in Meghalaya.
PM Modi said that in the last three decades, the previous governments in Assam had extended it time and again as there was no improvement in the law and order situation. In the last eight years, AFSPA has been removed from most parts of the state due to the situation being brought under control. We are trying to take it back from the remaining parts as well. The Act is applicable in some areas of Nagaland, Assam and Manipur.
PM Modi inaugurates cancer treatment center
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a cancer treatment center in Dibrugarh district of Assam. The center has been built by the 'Assam Cancer Care Foundation' (ACCF), a joint venture between the state government and Tata Trusts. This center in Dibrugarh is one of the 17 medical centers being developed by ACCF. Of these, seven will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi during his one-day visit to the state.
Modi also unveiled a plaque outside the centre. Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi, Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma were present during this. Modi inspected the facilities and equipment at the center located at the Assam Medical College and Hospital. He will digitally inaugurate six more such centers in another program to be held in the evening. These centers are at Barpeta, Tezpur, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Kokrajhar and Darrang.
Modi will also lay the foundation stone of seven hospitals in Dhubri, Goalpara, Golaghat, Sivasagar, Nalbari, Nagaon and Tinsukia at the same function. A Tata Trusts spokesperson had earlier said that three more such cancer treatment centers are nearing completion and will be inaugurated later this year.