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New Delhi:

Assam Rifles director general Lt Gen PC Nair, on May 6, said that China’s aid to militant outfits in the Northeast has been covert and has undergone a transformation over the past decades.

“From open to direct support in providing training and material support, the assistance to insurgent groups now seems to have ebbed to a certain level,” said Nair, addressing a seminar “Economic growth is a pre-requisite to address deeply rooted insurgencies in the North East” in New Delhi.

He further said that China’s confrontation with India is likely to remain and the Northeast region is likely to be the fulcrum for leveraging a favourable outcome in any future conflict.

Asserting that peaceful Northeast is a strategic necessity for India’s Act East Policy, Lt Gen Nair said, “To achieve this, sustained efforts towards the signing of the peace accord by other insurgent groups, increased socio-economic development, political settlements, maintaining the sanctity of Indo-Myanmar border, the conduct of operations by security forces against proscribed insurgent groups are imperative.”

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Home, Nityanand Rai, said that the Centre has spent an amount of Rs 2,65,513 crore for the development of various infrastructure projects in the Northeast region from the year 2014 to March 2021.

“Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the transformation has come in the Northeastern states and yielding good results. Considerable progress has been made in the field of peace, employment and development. Infrastructure and economic development have led to better connectivity which has initiated the financial stability and sharing of resources for the development of a stable, peaceful and prosperous region,” Rai said.

He said that over the decades, the ideology of rebellion has shifted from social issues to political aspirations, hunger for unquestionable power and monetary gains.

“The innocent youths of the region got caught in the vicious cycle of pseudo-nationalism and weapons. The economic deprivation and lack of job opportunities coupled with the drug menace pulled this generation further into the web of extremism. The practice of building social and economic incentives into the system is an essential condition, in order to dissuade them from violence and wrong ideologies,” said Rai.

Commending over the role being played by Assam Rifles, Rai said that since its inception in 1835, the Assam Rifles has been instrumental in the development and have contributed immensely to restoring normalcy in the North East.

“This force is doing good work, shoulder to shoulder with the Indian Army and has done a commendable job of resolving very sensitive situations with great ease. The government has given the Assam Rifles the powers under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, it was a well thought out decision, and as a result, the Assam Rifles has confiscated narcotics substances and drugs worth about Rs 1,500 crore in the last one year,” he said.