FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, May 3: Chief Minister bam Tuki on Saturday submitted a 10 point memorandum to Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar during his visit to the state capital.
The demands in the memorandum includes, creation of two more scouts units, liaison offices of ministry to be established in the state, relaxation in height norms for Aruchalee boys and girls in the Army recruitment, infrastructure facilities in border areas for general public, establishment of Army hospitals and schools, maintence of roads, setting up of two eco battalions, 100 per cent funding for setting up of Sainik school, airfield at Anini and Koloriang and dual use of airfield.
Responding to the memorandum, the union minister assured the chief minister that he would extend all possible support with utmost attention, an official communiqué informed.
The meeting was also attended by state Home Minister Tanga Byaling, Agriculture, Horticulture and Animal Husbandry minister Chow Mein, Civil supply, Mines and Mineral and WRD Minister, Komlung Mossang, Civil Aviation, Science and Technology minister Tangwang Wangwham, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Rajesh Tacho.
Chief Secretary and top bureaucrats from the ministry and state government including the Chief of Army, General Dalbir Singh also attend the meeting, the communiqué added.
Parrikar, earlier on the day, called on state Governor Lt. General (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma at Raj Bhawan and discussed on security and border areas.
Stating that it is imperative that the border villages have to be self-sustaining and self-reliant, the Governor said that the army and air force units deployed on the Line of Actual Control (LAC) have to play a significant role in the implementation of developmental model in addition to tiol territorial security.
He requested the defence minister for initiating in polling some infrastructure, communication, health and other logistic facilities of the armed forces with civil population. Such initiative will instill sense of security and strengthen tiolism amongst the local populace, a Raj Bhawan communiqué informed.
While reiterating for two more Advance Landing Grounds (ALG) in Kurung Kumey and Dibang Valley districts, the Governor suggested that in order to ensure optimum utilisation of the existing ALGs, the infrastructure so created must be utilized not only for defence purpose and carriage of civil passengers and goods but also for ferrying construction materials for infrastructure development as well.
Underscoring the vast experiences and specialization of Border Road Organisation in road construction in mountainous areas, the Governor suggested that BRO may be concentrated on Himalayan States. Such step will help in expediting the road projects, particularly in Aruchal Pradesh. The Governor also reiterated the proposal for ecology Territorial Army battalion for the state and assured all assistances required for defence related projects in the state, the communiqué added.