Bengaluru, March 8: The Union Government is speeding up the process in a bid to have the Peace Accord with the ULFA (Rajkhowa faction) signed before March 20th.
A draft of the agreement which is being prepared will be signed before March 20th. There was some delay in signing the peace accord with the ULFA led by Arabinda Rajkhowa as the Home Ministry was busy due to the budget session.
However, the draft agreement is being prepared the Union Home Ministry wants to sign it as soon as possible.
On August 3, 2015 the Naga Peace Accord was signed and the same was hailed as a landmark move. The government had decided that an accord on the same lines would also be signed with the ULFA (Rajkhowa faction)
Will work on contentious issues later:
The government is expected to give some of the contentious issues which are part of the deal a skip. There were concerns raised about the granting of Schedule Tribe status to indigenous communities such as the Koch Rajbongshi, Ahom, Sootea, Moran, Motok, Chutia and Adivasi.
There is a committee that has been set up to look into this issue and only once the recommendations are made will this issue be addressed.
The draft agreement would however address issues such as granting of an upper house in Assam among others.
In a bid to make this deal a success, the government also involved the organising secretary of the outfit Anup Chetia who was brought down from Bangladesh recently.