Sarma while talking to media persons on Thursday said, “if ULFA shows willingness I am sure Prime minister Narendra Modi and Home minister Amit Shah will reciprocate. If talks are to be held it has to be with the outfit and government of India.”
Last month ULFA (Independent) abducted three employees of ONGC, police have rescued two persons and one is in the captivity of ULFA.
Sarma had visited the home of Saikia recently, he said, “Saikia is in Myanmar. ULFA has certain demands pertaining to OIL and ONGC. However, the oil sector annually contributes over Rs 14,000 Crore to the state.”
The chief minister said that Assam’s development is dependent on the oil sector and the backbone of the state’s economy. If such a situation prevails, how can one invest in the oil sector, Numaligarh Refinery is expanding from 3 to 9 MMTPA (million metric tonnes per annum).”
Citing COVID-19 pandemic as a reason, banned militant outfit ULFA-I announced a unilateral ceasefire for three months.
Anti-talk ULFA has demanded 95% job reservation for indigenous people in the public sector organisations like ONGC, (OIL), (IOCL).
The outfit added, “Besides appointing deserving people from this place as managing director, the company has to reserve 95% jobs for indigenous candidates. They will have to hold a selection examination in Assam.”
The banned outfit sought that these companies spend for development of the state and assist people during floods and other disasters
Sarma added, “OIL and ONGC are willing to do more for the state of Assam and that is why we are there to ensure this. However, as a mark of willingness to ULFA leader Paresh Baruah must release Saikia. This will be necessary to create an atmosphere.”
He said, “Presently ULFA has declared ceasefire owing to COVID-19, we need to talk about the ground rules. See one thing is sure this issue cannot be solved though police and military and has to be resolved politically. If ULFA is willing to come to talks, the government of India will reciprocate.”
He said that declaration of ceasefire is a preliminary intent however there is need to fortify this intent.
Baruah called local television from an undisclosed location and said that the outfit will release Saiki in the next four days.