Assam Home Minister P Chidambaram on Monday asked the people in the ethnic violence—hit areas of Assam to maintain peace, and assured them that both the Central and State Governments will provide all help in rebuilding their houses destroyed in the clashes.

The Home Minister, who was on a day—long tour of the strife—torn areas of the state, also directed the state authorities to immediately ensure basic amenities, including clothes, food and medicines.

“All people I have spoken to are anxious to go back to their villages, but naturally they want security and their houses to be rebuilt. I have assured them on behalf of the Government of India and Government of Assam that we will help them in rebuilding their houses and we will provide security in their villages," Mr Chidambaram assured.

“Our immediate task is to ensure that peace and harmony is restored, rehabilitation takes place and that confidence comes back and the displaced people are able to go back to their villages,” he told reporters here.

Mr Chidambaram visited a shelter camp at the Titaguri High School and at Bhutgaon each inhabited by Bodos and minority community affected by the clashes and interacted with some of the people whose houses were burnt down.

Asked about the security situation, Mr Chidambaram said, “a plan is being drawn up for the deployment of security pickets and mobile posts. I have looked into the plan. The plan is eminently doable. It will be put in place and security will be provided to all the affected villages” .

The state government and the Bodoland Territorial Council were capable of taking steps in this direction, he said.