Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Friday expressed his gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his commitment to fully revoking Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), 1958, from the entire northeast region.

Addressing a press conference, Singh, who was joined by his council of ministers, lauded PM Modi for his mission and efforts to mainstream Manipur and the northeast region.

“Since 2014, there has been huge improvement in the law and order situation in the northeast and Manipur under the visionary leadership of PM Modi and now this part of the region doesn’t feel alienated anymore. We welcome and appreciate the Centre’s decision to revoke AFSPA from Manipur and the northeast,” said CM Biren Singh.

We cannot deny that we have many insurgent groups in the state, including those groups who are already in talks with the Government of India and those who are yet to come to the negotiating table, added Singh.

However, Singh said there has been a reduction of at least 75 per cent insurgency cases in the entire northeast. And this is because of PM Modi’s tireless and visionary action plan which has been continuously since 2014, he added.

Singh further informed that the state government is also initiating to bring the non-SoO (suspension of operations) groups to the negotiating table in order to bring an amicable solution.

From the state government’s side, we will work harder to bring all the insurgent groups who have been left out to come to the negotiating table for a peaceful solution, said the chief minister.

On Thursday, while addressing a ‘Peace, Unity and Development ‘ rally in Assam’s Diphu, PM Modi had said that AFSPA could be withdrawn from various parts of the northeastern region as the law and order situation has improved in the last eight years.

PM Modi also informed that efforts are on to revoke the Act from the entire region.

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