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Arunachal Pradesh Facing Challenge from Boundary Dispute, UGs

Chumthang News Service,
Imphal/12th July/2015: Arunachal Pradesh is facing growing challenges from matters arising from inter-state border dispute with Assam and the activities of UG groups from outside the state, said Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. He, however, said that the security situation in Arunachal Pradesh is under control.
Speaking in the conference of Chief Ministers of North East held by Union Ministry of Home Affairs under the chairmanship of Home Minister Rajnath Singh at Guwahati, Tuki said that there is an agreement to maintain status quo and no attempt to change facts on the ground by Governments of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh in the disputed areas along the inter-state boundary. However, activities in disputed areas by either government would hamper maintenance of peace and tranquility in the area which needs to be addressed jointly, he suggested. While informing that Arunachal Pradesh Government is committed to maintain status-quo till the Supreme Court comes up with a solution to the boundary dispute, the Chief Minister requested the MHA to confirm that both the state governments abstain from activities in the disputed areas that may disturb peace and tranquility.

Responding to the issue, the Union Home Minister advised both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh Governments to strictly adhere to the agreement of status quo to maintain law and order along the inter-state boundary as directed by the Supreme Court. Dwelling on security along the international border, especially the Indo-Tibet border, Tuki said the challenge is that of under development, which is leading to thinning out of population from remote villages.

Tuki reminded the MHA of the long pending Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts Security Action Plan estimated at Rs.177.50 crore pending before Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) and being piloted by MHA. Recently, the MHA had conveyed that Ministry of Finance had asked as to why the Special Security Plan should be supported in view of the recent report of 14th Finance Commission.

He urged the MHA to push the Telecommunication Department for speedy implementation of the recently cleared mobile telecommunication infrastructure for Arunachal Pradesh by Cabinet Committee on Security. Tuki also proposed that MHA may consider supporting the raising of Special Border Home Guard, which draws men and women from remote border blocks, and utilize their local knowledge and their physical sturdiness for security purposes. For which he said the request for a larger outlay of BADP may be favourably considered.

On matters of internal security, particularly in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts, the Chief Minister asserted that it is imperative for the Center to bring the State Government on par with their proposed strategic and tactical approaches to deal with the situation of insurgency related issues immediately.
To this effect, Tuki sought special attention of the Union Home Minister that the Government of India ought not link the special package of Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts with the 14th Finance Commission recommendations, as it was standalone and area specific intervention by the MHA.Other issues calling attention of the MHA, that Tuki highlighted, were continued support in completion of all Projects under the Prime Minister’s Special Economic Package, particularly the Greenfield Airport at Hollongi and drinking water for the Border Blocks, East-West Industrial Corridor, long term restoration of damaged roads and bridge infrastructures, setting up of Battalions of Ecological Task Territorial Army and issues related to the Ministry of DoNER.
The Chief Minister also submitted a Memorandum listing in detail expectations and requests of the State Government to the Union Minister. Also present in the conference were MoS Home Kiren Rijiju, MoS DoNER Jitender Singh, MoS Sports & Youth Affairs Sarbanand Sonowal and Chief Ministers of the Northeastern states. Meanwhile, the DoNER Minister has announced a fund of Rs 225 crores for construction of inter-state roads that are lying almost abandoned and defunct.

Source: N.E.T

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