DG Assam Rifle meets with CM Pema Khandu, Discuss various issues

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Director General of Assam Rifles, Lt General Shokin Chauhan called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu today and held a meeting on issues concerning the state.

The Chief Minister informed the General on proposal of the state govt. for three new Sainik Schools in the state, which got in-prinicple approval from the defence ministry recently. He said the people of Arunachal are patriotic and he expressed his wish to see more number of people from the state in the ranks of officers in the Indian Armed Forces.

The Chief Minister also discussed on having proper facilities for Assam Rifles personnel stationed in Vijaynagar in Changlang district, which has no proper road connectivity. Further issues regarding misuse of free movement regime (FMR) along the Indo-Myanmar border by insurgents and smugglers were discussed.

Khandu informed that he is likely to visit the three eastern districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding early next year and during the visit expressed to meet the Assam Rifles personnel on the ground stationed in these three districts.

General Chauhan said he is keen to make Assam Rifles more North East specific. He said since North Eastern states consist of mainly tribals, the job quota under scheduled caste is filled by people from outside the region. He therefore expressed concern over limited entry of tribal people in the paramilitary force.

The meeting also discussed on the progress of highway along the Changlang-Khonsa route that will make the communication easy without having to enter Assam.

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