In Guwahati 1,100 Adivasi group freedom fighters to lay down arms

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In Guwahati 1,100 Adivasi group freedom fighters to lay down arms

Assam: About 1,100 freedom fighters from eight Adivasi revolutionist groups are set to officially surrender their arms and ammunition on July 6.
The surrender ceremony, which will be attended by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, marks an important milestone as the groups signed peace accords with the central and state governments in September last year.
Adivasi revolutionist groups that will participate in the surrender ceremony include All Adivasi National Liberation Army (AANLA), ANNLA (FG), Birsa Commando Force (BCF), BCF (BT), Santhal Tiger Force, Adivasi Cobra Militants of Assam. Included. ACMA, ACMA (FC) and Adivasi People’s Army (APA).
The groups have been on a ceasefire since 2016 and their decision to surrender shows their commitment to peace and the democratic process.
The surrender ceremony will be followed by the swearing-in ceremony of officials of the Adivasi Welfare and Development Council.
The Council was formed as part of the Peace Agreement to ensure rapid and targeted development of tea estates, as well as rehabilitation, resettlement and welfare of armed freedom fighters and tea estate workers. Actions should be taken.
In 2020, 1,615 freedom fighters from all four factions of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) surrendered in the presence of then Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.
According to the terms of the peace agreement, armed adivasi groups have pledged to renounce violence, adhere to the rule of law and actively participate in the democratic process.
In turn, the central and state governments have committed to meet their political, economic, social, and educational aspirations and demands.
The Assam government has provided financial assistance to 6,740 freedom fighters of various militant organizations who have laid down arms and joined the national mainstream.
Additionally, over 3,000 ex-militants have received skill training in various sectors including agriculture and business through the State Institute of Panchayat and Rural Development (SIPRD).

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