Imphal, May 10 (ANI): Militancy is declining in the northeast due to consistent efforts made by the Central and State Governments.
The Northeast has more than 100 small and big insurgent groups. Many of them keep splitting and forming new factions to carry out illegal activities like abductions for ransom, killings and blasts.
From just two groups in the late 1950s, Manipur now has more than 30 groups. Assam has about 15 major groups, while Meghalaya has about five, and Nagaland has at least four major ones.
Acting strictly on its ceasefire policy, the centre has decided that it will not sign agreements with small insurgent outfits.
"My message is very clear that if any (factional) group comes along with the main group then we will hold talks but we will not talk with splinter factions," said Shambhu Singh, Joint secretary (Northeast), Ministry of Home Affairs
Peace and normalcy is the buzzword in the northeastern states and many insurgent outfits are in talks with the government.
Be it ULFA, DHD or NDFB -people have rejected their ideology of violence as they want peace and development in the region.
"In northeast, the insurgency has gone down. Not only ULFA (in Assam), developments are taking place in Manipur, Meghalaya and other northeastern states. Our efforts will continue (for peace in the region)," Singh added.
Over the years, people in the Northeast have faced difficult times due to rampant insurgency-led violence. Now, a change is visible which promises a brighter future for the Northeast. (ANI)