| President Pranab Mukherjee meets the students at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday. Picture by Ramakant Kushwaha |
New Delhi, Oct. 19: President Pranab Mukherjee will be on a two-day tour to Assam and Meghalaya on Monday.
In Meghalaya, the President will address the members of the Assembly on the first day. He will inaugurate Innovation Club and attend annual convocation of the North Eastern Hill University (Nehu) the next day.
In Assam, Mukherjee will inaugurate a national seminar on Continuing Legal Education and Children and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012, in Guwahati on Tuesday.
Assam is one of the states worst affected by child trafficking.
The seminar is organised by the Bar Council of Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim on the closing of its golden jubilee celebrations.
Mukherjee today met a group of 42 students from Kokrajhar and Chirang districts in Assam and Shangshak in Ukhrul district of Manipur. They were part of a National Integration Tour organised by the army.
Speaking on the occasion, the President said the Northeast is a region rich in scenic beauty, flora and fauna, culture, dance and music but did not forget to add a rider: “Unfortunately it has witnessed conflicts, clashes and violence.”
Both “Bodoland” and Ukhrul are home to insurgents — the former to militants demanding a separate Bodoland state and the other to cadres of the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah), and other fringe groups.
Mukherjee said history of Delhi reflects the character of the people of India, including people of the Northeast. People and children of the Northeast are an integral part of this “ancient but rising India”. The National Integration Tour for Students from Manipur was organised by the 16 Assam Rifles and the tour for students from Assam was organised by 2 Rajput.
The army and its allied forces organise such tours from students from militancy-hit areas of Jammu and Kashmir and from the northeastern states.