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Posted on Mar 08, 05:51AM | IANS
New Delhi, March 7 : Effective steps were being taken to guard the India-Bangladesh border and check illegal infiltration from the neighbouring country, union Home Secretary R.K.Singh said Thursday.
Presiding over a tripartite meeting of the officials from the centre and Assam governments and pro-talk United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), Singh "assured that effective measures were being taken in this regard which had helped to control the illegal influx and also that the additional measures, if required, would be taken", a statement said here.
The tripartite meeting was held to review the progress made in talks with ULFA and also to discuss their demands. It was decided to follow up on a few specific steps on some issues.
Singh told the meeting that he would "very soon" hold a meeting with the heads of various central ministries and Assam government in connection with the various issues raised by the delegation.
ULFA representatives urged the home secretary that the genuine grievances of the people of Assam needed to be addressed on priority. In response, Singh emphasized that the government "attaches highest priority and importance to address the grievances of the people of the country including Assam".
The meeting was attended by an ULFA delegation headed by its chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, the central government's representative at the peace talks P.C. Haldar and Assam Chief Secretary N.K.Das.
After the meeting with Singh, ULFA delegation also met the union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde.