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167 terrorists held in two months in Assam: Governor

167 terrorists held in two months in Assam: Governor
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Security forces have arrested at least 167 terrorists and linkmen allegedly involved in the serial attacks on Adivasi people in many districts across Assam in the last two months.

"The intensive operations by security forces in the aftermath of this gruesome killing has resulted in arrest of over 167 members and linkmen of the terrorist outfits," Assam Governor Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya said in his written speech on the first day of the Budget Session of the Assembly.

The speech was considered read and accepted in the House as he could not complete it following disruption by the united opposition over economic health of the state. "Two of their leaders were also killed during the action by the security forces. On the insistence of the state government, the National Investigation Agency has taken up investigation and registered four cases against the terrorists," Acharya said.

At least 81 persons, including Adivasis, Bodos and Bengalis, were killed in serial attacks by NDFB(S) terrorists, retaliatory violence and police firing across many districts in Assam in December 2014.

Assam spent Rs 2,100 crore under MGNREGA in three years

The Assam government has spent over Rs 2,100 crore in the state between 2011-12 and 2013-14 under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act to generate nearly ten crore mandays. According to reports on MGNREGA for 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 tabled in the state Assembly on Monday, the highest amount was spent in FY'12 with Rs 748.27 crore. In FY'13, the government spent Rs 651.53 crore for providing jobs under the ambitious scheme, the report said.

During the last financial year, total allocated funds under this scheme for the state were Rs 731.11 crore, but the government utilised Rs 700.80 crore. In 2011-12, total mandays stood at 3.53 crore, while the government could generate 3.14 crore and 2.99 crore mandays in 2012-13 and 2013-14 fiscals respectively.
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