Ministry of Home Affairs
Ministry of Home Affairs

Government reduces disturbed areas under AFSPA in Nagaland, Assam and Manipur after decades

New Delhi, March 31, 2022

In a significant decision, the Union Government today reduced the disturbed areas under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Nagaland, Assam and Manipur after decades.

An official press release from the Ministry of Home Affairs said this had become possible because of the improvement in the security situation in the North-East.

"Due to the continuous efforts of the Central Government under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, many such steps have been taken in the North Eastern States, which have led to a significant improvement in the security situation and accelerated development. In comparison to 2014, there has been a reduction of 74 per cent in militancy incidents in 2021. Similarly, deaths of security personnel and civilians have also come down by 60 per cent and 84 per cent, respectively, during this period," it said.

The release said that, to realize the Prime Minister's vision of a peaceful and prosperous North-East region, Union Home Minister Amit Shah had held dialogue with all the States of the region on a regular basis.

"As a result, most of the extremist groups have laid down their arms expressing their faith in the Constitution of India and the policies of the Modi government. Today all these persons have become a part of the democratic process and are participating in the development of the North-East. About 7,000 militants have surrendered in the last few years.

"In order to fulfill the vision of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Government of India, in the last three years, has signed several agreements to end insurgencies and bring lasting peace to the North-Eastern States. For example, the Bodo Accord of January, 2020 which resolved the five-decades long Bodo problem of Assam and the Karbi-Anglong Agreement of September 4, 2021 which resolved the long-standing dispute over the Karbi region of Assam. Similarly, the NLFT (SD) agreement was signed in August 2019 to bring militants into the mainstream of society in Tripura. After that a historic agreement was signed on January 16, 2020 to resolve the 23 year-old Bru-Reang refugee crisis, under which 37,000 internally displaced persons are being resettled in Tripura. On March 29, 2022, another important agreement was signed regarding the boundaries of Assam and Meghalaya," the release said.

The release said Modi was committed to make the whole of the North-East region free from extremism. In this regard the Central Government has been interacting with State Governments and other stakeholders from time to time.

Due to the improvement in the security situation, the Disturbed Area Notification under AFSPA was completely removed from Tripura in 2015 and Meghalaya in 2018.

Disturbed Area Notification is in force in the whole of Assam since 1990. Due to the significant improvement in the situation, now AFSPA is being removed with effect from 01.04.2022 completely from 23 districts and partially from 1 district of Assam.

The Disturbed Area Declaration is in force in entire Manipur (except Imphal Municipality area) since 2004. Fifteen police station areas of six districts of Manipur will be excluded from the Disturbed Area Notification with effect from 01.04.2022.

In 2015, AFSPA was in force in three districts of Arunachal Pradesh, 20 kms. belt of Arunachal Pradesh along the Assam border and in 16 police station areas in nine other districts of the State. This has been gradually reduced and the Disturbed Areas Notification, is currently applicable in only three districts and in two police station areas in one other district of Arunachal Pradesh.

The Disturbed Area Notification is in force in the whole of Nagaland from 1995. The Central Government has accepted the recommendation of a committee constituted in this context for withdrawal of AFSPA in a phased manner. The Disturbed Area Notification is being withdrawn from 15 police stations in seven districts in Nagaland with effect from 01.04.2022.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that due to the Prime Minister's unwavering commitment and attention to the North-East region, which had been neglected for decades, the region is now witnessing a new era of peace, prosperity and unprecedented development.


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