Chief Minister Kalikho Pul today pledged his full cooperation to the Indian Army, to assist and to provide inputs in securing the international borders. The assurance from the chief minister came during his talks with Lieutenant General Devraj Anbu, Corps Commander, 4 Corps held here at Chief Minister’s Office.
Lauding the Army and the people of Arunachal of having a unique relation, the CM termed both as the defenders of the borders, adding “while the Army does it militarily, the people through its political and cultural presence”.
He emphasised on having a flawless army-civilian cooperation and mutual trust, which could be achieved by confidence building measures on both sides. Also, the CM stressed on JCOs and jawans to be sensitised so that civilian population are not dealt with impolitely.
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.
For land to be used for defence purposes, 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 to be in relative to the rates of national highways and other compensation packages.
The CM also informed that the state government would adopt a single window clearance process for land acquisition. In this regard, he informed that all the MLAs and the deputy commissioners have been instructed to cooperate with the Army and also to take care of the compensation packages so that people are adequately compensated.
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 centres at Tawang for the western zone and Tezu for the eastern zone of the state. Besides bringing employment opportunities, he assured that local youths will form a committed force who knows the terrain well.
The corps commander urged 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.