Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Thursday appealed to the media to help the government to restore peace in violence-affected areas and in rehabilitating displaced people.

"The media can play a very positive role in the prevailing situation and I appeal to all mediapersons to disseminate news based on reliable sources," Gogoi said at a meeting
with editors of newspapers convened by him here.

Apprising editors about the slew of government measures to provide relief to refugees, the Chief Minister said only genuine Indian citizens would be rehabilitated.

He said efforts have been directed towards allaying apprehensions of the people by involving local leaders from both communities and different organisations.

"We have to remove the fear psychosis so that they return home. Instilling a sense of security is a must," he said.

The Chief Minister said the government was taking steps to ensure decongestion of relief camps and proper sanitation and hygiene.

Referring to the exodus of people of NE region from southern states, the chief minister stressed on creating a congenial atmosphere so that students and workers went back at the earliest.

"Our government is in close touch with the institutions in which they were previously employed and they agreed to take them back," he added.


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