SHILLONG, Sep 05: The Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Conrad K Sangma has shot down reports that the once dreaded Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) is attempting to make a comeback in Meghalaya.
Stating that there is no specific input on any such attempts by the GNLA as of now, Conrad said, “If there are any issues that need to be worked out we are very much on the job.”
Conrad also assured that the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government which he is heading is prioritizing the maintenance of law and order in the state.
Conrad also reiterated that the state government is open to peace talks with any militant organization, provided they first lay down their arms.
“The government has been very clear from day one. We are ready to speak to anybody provided they lay down their arms and come forward without any conditions,” Conrad said.
Meanwhile with regards to the rehabilitation package to the two disbanded Garo militant outfits – ANVC and ANVC.B, the chief minister said that the government is doing everything from its side to ensure the package based on guidelines will be given to the concerned people.
He said that large amount of rehabilitation package was released and similar exercise is continuing. “It is not easy (since the exercise takes time) but I can assure you that we are very much concern about this and whatever the case may be we are looking into this matter,” he said.