Union Home Minister Amit Shah on January 20 asserted that the country will be free from the menace of Naxalism in the next three years.
Mr. Shah, while addressing the Sashastra Seema Bal’s 60th Raising Day at Salonibari near Tezpur, also said among all the central armed police forces, SSB plays “a unique role in minutely integrating culture, history, topography and language” and bringing people in border areas closer to the rest of the country.
Besides guarding the borders, the SSB along with other CAPFs have performed their duties effectively against the Naxals in Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, he said.
“In the next three years, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the country will be 100% free from the Naxal problem,” he said.
The Home Minister presented awards for exemplary service to six SSB personnel along with trophies to three battalions, besides releasing a postage stamp on the occasion.
Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma was present at the event, too.
Mr. Shah is also scheduled to attend the 13th Triennial Conference of the All Bathou Mahasabha at Dhekiajuli, launch a book titled “Assam’s Braveheart – Lachit Barphukan” and inaugurate the renovated Brahmaputra river front in Guwahati, officials said.