FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
ITAGAR, Apr 18: Aruchal Pradesh Chief Minister Kalikho Pul pledged his full cooperation to the Indian Army, to assist and provide inputs in securing the intertiol borders.
The chief minister was interacting with Lieutent General Devraj Anbu, Corps Commander, 4 Corps here at his office on Saturday, an official communiqué informed here today. 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 chief minister 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 tiol 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 intertiol 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 intertiol border needs immediate attention.
He urged the chief minister for maintence of the Jangda-Thingbu road and requested for a bridge over Tawang Chu River towards Bramdungchung Gompa, the communiqué added.