President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday said that illegal infiltrators pose a major threat to our internal security.
“This is leading to social imbalance in many parts of the country, as well as putting a huge pressure on limited livelihood opportunities. My Government has decided to implement the process of National Register of Citizens (NRC) on priority basis in areas affected by infiltration. Security along the border will be further strengthened to prevent infiltration,” said Kovind while addressing the joint session of the Parliament.
He further said, “While on the one hand, Government is working to identify the infiltrators, on the other, it is also fully committed to protecting the victims of persecution due to their faith. In this regard, efforts will be made to amend the Citizenship Act while protecting the linguistic, cultural and social identities.”
Mention of these two critical issues by the President related to Northeast in general and Assam in particular pointed out the Narendra Modi government’s prime focus.
In his long speech, President Kovind also highlighted the steps taken for an inclusive growth of the region.
“Special emphasis is being accorded to improving connectivity in the North-East, hilly and tribal areas. In addition to increasing the ease of living of citizens in the North-East; tourism, agriculture and other allied sectors will also benefit from better connectivity. Effective steps are being taken to expand organic farming in the Northeast,” he said.
He said that in the 21st century economy, the pace and spread of urbanization will continue to increase.
“Development of urban infrastructure in cities and suburbs will pave the way for economic progress and enhance employment opportunities. My Government is tirelessly working for a modern India, by providing world-class infrastructure and public amenities in villages as well as cities,” said President Kovind.