Source: News Bharati English18 Apr 2016 15:09:05

Itanagar, April 18: Pledging his full cooperation to the Indian Army, to assist and provide inputs in securing the international borders, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul interacted with Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu, Corps Commander, four Corps at Chief Minister’s Office on Saturday. Pul emphasised on flawless army-civilian cooperation and mutual trust, which could be achieved by confidence building measures on both sides. He also stressed on JCOs and jawans to be sensitised so that civilian population are dealt humanely.

As confidence building measures, he called on the Army to play pro-active role during disasters, road communication disruptions and emergency patient evacuation – with clear standing instructions to avoid any local level confusion. The CM assured to provide full assistance with regard to land acquisition and other clearance process.  He, however, suggested the land compensation rates to be uniform across the state to avoid any public discord, and at per with rates of national highways and other compensation packages.

Reiterating defence roads to be built and maintained by the BRO, Pul informed that MoRTH has been approached for the two important highways Joram-Koloriang and Demwe-Hawai to be handed over to the BRO. To provide basic services to the defence and paramilitary forces guarding the international border, the CM requested the Army to write to the PMO, defence minister and to the home minister to push for ‘forward area facilities’. He informed that in this regard, he had met the PM and had urged for a special package for border areas.

For recruitment to the defence services, the CM urged for a permanent recruitment centre at Tawang for the western zone and Tezu for the eastern zone of the state. The Corps Commander said that the roads in interior pockets of Tawang district near the international border needs immediate attention.

He urged the CM for maintenance of the Jangda-Thingbu road and requested for a bridge over Tawang Chu River towards Bramdungchung Gompa. Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Governor JP Rajkhowa advised the Corps Commander 4 Corps, Lt. General D. Anbu, AVSM, YSM, SM take up more Sadbhavana projects in the state to instill better relationship between the security forces and civilian population of the frontier state.

The Governor said this during a meeting with Lt. General D. Anbu who called on him at Raj Bhavan on Saturday. While discussing on overall security of the state, particularly the western sector of Arunachal Pradesh, which comes under 4 Corps, the Governor called for medical, ration, educational and logistic support from the army to benefit the people residing in the border areas.

He further called for Army’s quick response and assistance during the time of natural calamities, while referring to rescue of tourists in the Sela Pass area of Tawang district a few days back, who were trapped due to sudden heavy snowfall. He also suggested for training local youths as volunteers to cope with natural calamities, like floods, earthquakes, heavy landslides due to cloud burst etc.

The Governor asked the Corps Commander to maintain road communication at all costs especially during the rainy season, which would not only facilitate the troop movement but also transportation of food items etc. for the civilians.