New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said though much progress has been achieved in the process of dialogue with insurgent groups in the Northeast, the overall scenario and situation of security in the region continues to be intricate.

"The security situation in the northeast continues to be complex with insurgency, extortion and agitations being the main disruptive elements in the hands of insurgents." Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in New Delhi while addressing the Chief Ministers' Conference on internal security.

The Prime Minister said the government was committed to the process of dialogue as the route to seek a solution for all issues within the framework of the constitution.

He added that the centre would assist the Northeastern states in enhancing their law and order enforcement capabilities, so that the region could enjoy the benefits of democracy and development.

"We are committed to undertaking and bringing to a satisfactory conclusion, dialogue with all groups and organizations willing to give up violence to seek solutions within the framework of our constitution,” the Prime Minister said.

He added, "There has been considerable progress in dialogue with several insurgent and ethnic separatist groups in the Northeast region."

The conference was told that talks are continuing with National Socialist Council of Nagaland and a memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed with both factions of Dima Halam Daogah of Dima Hasao in Assam.

An MoU was also signed with three Metei insurgent groups in Manipur in February 2013.

The Prime Minister also spoke on Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), which was set up as an autonomous body in August 2012 to administer the Gorkhaland region and ensure its all-round development.  

He said the centre is committed to providing financial assistance of Rs 200 crore per annum for three years for projects aimed at developing the socio-economic infrastructure in the GTA areas.


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