BANGALORE: In a bid to prevent attacks on persons from the north-eastern States , the Centre is in the process of issuing advisories to all States asking them to have a “stringent mechanism” to deal with racially motivated incidents.
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju on Saturday announced this here during an interaction with people from the north-east at an event. The event was organised by the BJP.
“When you talk of something which is racial in nature, it becomes very sensitive. And back home in the north-east, the message will be very negative. It is not good for the nation,” the Minister , who hails from Arunachal Pradesh, said. Even as he declared that none of those indulging in racial attacks would go unpunished, he said there was a dire need to prevent recurrence of such attacks through social awareness. This could happen only through close linking of the north-east with other States with the pro-active role of the governments, he observed.
He said before finalising the advisories, the Ministry would take on board the recommendations of the Bezbarua Committee, tasked with looking into issues affecting persons from the north-east people who were living in other parts of the country.
Mr. Rijiju promised that the villages in all the eight north-eastern States would have road connectivity in the next five years while Railway Minister D. V. Sadananda Gowda announced that the capitals of all the north-eastern States would be on the railway network in three years.