Source: News Bharati English27 Mar 2016 16:40:38

Itanagar, March 25: While discussing issues related to border area with M S Rawat, Inspector General of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Frontier Sector, Shillong who met Arunachal Chief Minister Kalikho Pul on him on Thursday, Pul stated that connectivity to the border areas is must for easy and faster movement of the defence forces in the border area.Suspension bridge and CC Footsteps has to be constructed, where required, and maintained to improve the connectivity in the border areas, Pul said. The border porter track should also be maintained for facilitating patrolling in the border areas, he added.

As the defence personnel serving in border areas are living a harsh life, basic amenities like education and health should be looked into so that they can bring their families with them, he said adding that “proper huts should also be built and maintained for them.”

Citing strategic importance of the eastern part of Arunachal bordering Myanmar, the CM urged to set up an ITBP Batallion at eastern zone too. He told that land would be provided at minimal rate by the people. He stressed the need for recruitment of more Arunachalee youths in ITBP as the local youths are more familiar with the local areas than others. “It will also be of great help during emergency” he said.

Pul further urged the paramilitary forces to win the hearts and confidence of the local people and to maintain good relationship with the civilians. The CM urged IG to place at least two dedicated Helicopters for ITBP in Arunachal for emergency services–one at Ziro for Western Arunachal and another at Mohanbari for Eastern Arunachal, news agency The Arunachal Times reported.

He further asked the visitors to prepare an assessment report with sector wise details of infrastructure requirements, photographs of difficult areas, hurdle as well as solutions, programme and to submit a copy of it. He said to extend full support from the State Government, district administration and the local people to them.

He also informed that the State Government will make a Single Window System for forest clearance, mines and minerals and land acquisition to facilitate the armed forces, central agencies and other private sectors for speedy implementation of their project in the state. He further urged the armed forces to work in tandem with the state govt.

Rawat, Inspector General of ITBP apprised the Chief Minister that connectivity as the main hurdles for the armed forces serving in border areas. He also informed that due to minimal allocation of fund to the ITBP, progress of infrastructure development in Border areas in Arunachal Pradesh is very slow and seek the support of the Chief Minister in pursuing the matter with the Centre.

He said that ITBP has highest numbers of Arunachalee youths among the armed forces and further assured to seek special quota for Border State. He informed that currently 10 ITBP Batallions are operating in the state and six more battalions have been proposed for the Border areas in Arunachal, out of which four has been approved by the Ministry of Home Affairs. He further informed that two ITBP battalions are necessary for Itanagar. He further sought a reduction in VAT from 12.5% to 5% for CSD items in the State for the welfare of the defence personnel in the state.

The Inspector General of ITBP was accompanied by Ishwar Singh, DIG, Ajay Pal Singh, DIG and Angad Prasad Yadav, Commandant, Sector ITBP.