Mamata airs concern over northeast people’s exodusAugust 20th, 2012 - 10:53 pm ICT by IANS
Kolkata, Aug 20 (IANS) Expressing concern over the mass exodus of northeastern people from other parts of the country, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday urged people to maintain peace and not to heed rumours.
“Do not listen to rumours. Please maintain peace and harmony,” said Banerjee on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr.
She also said her government will continue supporting people who have migrated to the state in the wake of violence in Assam.
“We do not support this. We will give all support to our brothers and sisters. The people who have taken shelter in our state are our guests. If some of them do not want to return, we will continue to provide them shelter,” she said.
A slew of morphed images going viral on internet has triggered an unprecedented exodus of the northeastern people from major cities leading the government to block over 250 websites and 80 internet pages and user accounts for spreading hate messages on social networking sites, including Facebook, Google and Twitter.
Highlighting her government’s policies for the minorities, Banerjee said the budget for the department of minority affairs has been increased by 80 percent along with passing a legislation providing reservation to 84 categories of minorities under the Other Backward Classes.
The state government also has plans to set up minority complex in each district to provide various facilities to minorities.
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