Guwahati: Amid demand for removal of armed forces special power act, Assam CM Hemant Biswa Sarma said on Saturday that there will be some positive changes on AFSPA this year. Addressing the press conference, he said that he sees 2022 as an expected year. He said, the army has almost withdrawn from Assam and is deployed in only 5-6 districts. So, this situation is good.
He said that four months later when it is time to renew the AFSPA this year, the State Government will take an important decision on the advice of the Home Department. The CM said, "In 2022, we will see positive steps on AFSPA, I don't know how and when it will happen, but I am an optimistic person about it. We must have a sense of lasting peace in Assam.''
The same comes just days after the Central Government constituted a 7-member Committee to suggest withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA) from Nagaland. It has been asked to submit its report within three months. The decision was taken by Union Home Minister Amit Shah after chairing a meeting at his residence on December 23 to discuss the current scenario in Nagaland. The meeting was attended by Nagaland CM Nefiu Rio and Himanta Biswa.