Source: News Bharati English20 May 2016 15:07:42

Itanagar, May 20: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul has said that border security has been accorded top priority by the State Government and is also very much concerned with the welfare of defense personnel guarding the international border in tough and difficult terrains, said Pul during a meeting with Lieutenant General Praveen Bakshi, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Headquarters, of Eastern Command in his office on Thursday.
Pul  insisted on all weather road connectivity to order areas and maintenance of these roads. He stressed the need for expediting the construction work of strategically important Tawang Road which is progressing very slowly. He urged the Lieutenant General Bakshi to further strengthen their base at eastern part of the state too and requested to inform him in case of any hurdle in getting land requirement from the Govt. Lieutenant General Bakshi was accompanied by Lt General Abhay Krishna, General Officer Commanding, Headquarter 3 Corps and Major General Vikal Sahani, 56 Division Commander, Likabali.

He said that to expedite the process of land acquisition, especially to facilitate the Defense Forces and Border Road Organizations, a single window System has been initiated by the State Govt. He, however, advised him to maintain a uniform rate all over the state while giving land compensation. Pul reiterated that Advanced Landing Grounds should be allowed for concurrent use both by the Defence personnel and State Govt. helicopters in peace time. He urged them to convey the message to the Air Force base at Shillong.

He assured that the state govt. is always there to cooperate and to provide all administrative and local support to the Army. He, however, requested them to develop cordial and friendly relations with the civilians and to win the hearts of the local people by taking up welfare activities in the border areas. Earlier, Lieutenant General Bakshi, while citing land as the biggest issue, he apprised the difficulties in getting lands acquisitioned for the establishment of their bases in the state and sought the intervention of the Chief Minister at appropriate level.

He also requested the Chief Minister to exempt entry tax for the goods of the defense personnel as the same is exempted all over India as no separate fund is provided by the Ministry to pay for the entry tax to the State Govt. He said that it causes unnecessary delays in movement and transportation of their ration items.