Against the backdrop of some recent incidents of violence here against those hailing from the north-east, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said they have "equal claim" on Delhi like everyone and instructed local administration to be "more sensitive" to their problems.
Singh's assurance came after his 40-minute meeting with a delegation of students from all the eight North-Eastern states at Parliament House this morning. Union Ministers BK Handique, Agatha Sangma and Vincent Pala, all hailing from the
region, were also present.
"The Prime Minister heard them out and told them that students and others from the north-east have equal claim on
Delhi like others. He also told them that he will instruct local administration to be a little more sensitive to their
problems," Prime Minister's Media Advisor Harish Khare said.
Singh also mentioned that the government has taken a serious note of the incidents.
During the meeting, the students told the Prime Minister that the perception in the minds of local people about them is the root cause of the present situation.
To this, Singh said that there was an urgent need to sensitise people about the issue and that steps would be taken
to enlighten general public about the culture and lifestyle of north-east states through Doordarshan and cable and satellite channels shortly.
When the delegation complained that FIRs were being recorded in Hindi here and are not properly comprehended by
them, Singh said police will be sensitised to ensure that their complaints are properly understood and suitable
follow-up action is taken without any delay.