STATE TIMES NEWS NEW DELHI: Categorically emphasizing that Northeast incidents are confined to few districts, mostly in Upper Assam and Tripura, and will settle soon, Union Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh on Thursday cautioned that Congress will not be allowed to fish in the troubled waters of Brahmaputra. At the same time, there has been no incident involving major violence, he said. Speaking at the Parliament, Dr Jitendra Singh accused Congress of trying its best to provoke people, particularly youth, by spreading false rumors and misinformation about the contents of Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB). He said, Congress has lost its mass base in Northeast and State after State has voted for the BJP, which has led to grave frustration in the Congress camp and they are desperately trying in vain to revive their fortunes. Describing the people of Northeast as “our own people”, Dr Jitendra Singh said, let us not forget that the same people have voted in huge numbers for the BJP and they have the trust and faith in the BJP leadership led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Everything will smoothly come back to normal when the misgivings regarding the Bill are cleared and disclosed that BJP MPs and other elected representatives are constantly in touch with their people. Referring to the contents of the Bill, Dr Jitendra Singh said, it was prepared by Home Minister Amit Shah with due diligence and judiciousness, and the concerns which were not addressed in the earlier version of the Bill brought in the last session of the Lok Sabha have also been addressed now. The safeguards provided to various States will not only secure the interests of the common man but would also ensure adequate opportunities and avenues for the youth, he said. In reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Dr Jitendra Singh denied the observation that the procedures related to Right to Information (RTI) were cumbersome and insisted that, on the contrary, in keeping with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to bring in more and more transparency and citizen-centricity in governance, the procedures related to RTI have been much more simplified and made much more easier. Enumerating several steps taken by the DoPT in the last five years, Dr Jitendra Singh made a special mention of the RTI portal which enables any citizen to file an RTI from any part of the world and at any time of the day or night. In addition, definite timeline has been fixed for disposal of the RTI appeals, he said.
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