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Centre signs Historic Karbi peace accord; Shah says govt committed to resolve decades-old crisis

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Guwahati: The government signed a tripartite Karbi Peace Accord on Saturday in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma and the representatives of Karbi outfits in Delhi.

The outfits that signed the agreement on Saturday include the People’s Democratic Council of Karbi Longri, Karbi Longri NC Hills Liberation Front, United People’s Liberation Army and three factions of Karbi People’s Liberation Tiger.

“The signing of the Historic Karbi Anglong Agreement. Modi government is committed to resolving the decades-old crisis, ensuring the territorial integrity of Assam,” said Home Minister Amit Shah.

The Karbis are a major ethnic group of Assam, dotted by several factions and splinters. The history of the Karbi group is marked by killings, ethnic violence, abductions and taxation since the late 1980s.

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma said the signing of the Karbi Anglong Agreement marked a historic day for Assam. Under the new pact, the people belonging to the hill tribe are entitled to reservation under the Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution.

Hailing the signing of the historic Karbi Anglong Agreement, Union minister and former Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, “I want to thank Modi government in centre which is committed to resolving the decades-old crisis, ensuring the territorial integrity of Assam. I want to thank the CM of Assam also.”

Stating that the Narendra Modi government was committed to resolving the decades-old crisis and ensuring the territorial integrity of Assam, Amit Shah said that the Centre had completed 80 per cent of the commitments it had made in the previous three agreements and almost 100 per cent of Bodoland. 

The agreement will end hostilities between the Karbi rebel groups and Assam. The insurgency, which started in the 1980s, was marked by kidnappings, killings and ethnic violence. 

The Union Home Minister further said that the Assam government will spend around Rs 1000 crore for the development of the Karbi region over the next five years. 

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