Guwahati : Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday said some positive developments are expected on the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, the act in the year 2022 for Assam.
“As far as AFSPA is concerned, Assam will see some rationalising in 2022 … How and when we
don’t know. But I am an optimistic man. We are looking at 2022 as a year of hope. There will be
some positive moments regarding AFSPA,” he said to medipersons on the first day of the new
AFSPA was imposed in Assam in November 1990 and has been extended every six months
since then. The act is currently in force in six districts of Assam.
Besides, the act which is termed as draconian by various civil society groups is also in force in Nagaland, Manipur (excluding Imphal Municipal Council Area), Changlang, Longding and Tirap
districts of Arunachal Pradesh, and areas falling within the jurisdiction of the eight police stations
of districts in Arunachal Pradesh bordering Assam.
Sarma also said that the era of tribal militancy is over in the state as all insurgent groups are
coming forward for talks with the government.
He also termed the demand for a discussion on sovereignty by ULFA(I) a stumbling block saying
his government is trying to break the impasse.
“The era of tribal militancy is over. All militant groups have come forward… Our last hurdle is
ULFA(I). Excluding them, all other outfits have surrendered arms,” Sarma said.
The CM said that during interactions with people who are directly or indirectly in touch with
ULFA(I) chief Paresh Barua he has learned that he is in favour of a “negotiated settlement”.