Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Govt committed to fast-track development in NE: Rajnath

Rajnath Singh chairs meeting Govt committed to fast-track development in NE: Rajnath
Rita Gibson | 14 June, 2017, 11:45

Meghalaya on Monday tabled a resolution in the Assembly urging the Centre to withdraw the cattle slaughter rules, while a protest "beef festival" greeted Union home minister Rajnath Singh in Mizoram.

The four North East states - Arunachal Pradesh (520 km), Manipur (398 km), Nagaland (215 km) and Mizoram (510 km) - share the 1,643-km mountainous border with Myanmar. It will give its report for uniform and effective implementation of free movement regime within three months.

The home minister said the Assam Rifles has to play a multi-dimensional role while securing the border that include maintaining friendly relations with the people of the Northeast so that it can get various types of information. The home minister added that the security and development along the worldwide border can be improved to change the situation in the region.

Noting that Assam Rifles has given a proposal for construction of roads and airports for their operational requirement, he stressed on addressing the issue of improvement of basic facilities like roads, power, telecommunication, health and education.

The official said Rajnath Singh also reviewed the status of streamlining the Free Movement Regime for better facilitation of movement of people across the border.

Death toll in Bangladesh landslides rises to 132
Bangladesh experienced heavy monsoon rains throughout Monday because of the influence of a depression formed in the Bay of Bengal. Authorities have opened 18 shelters in the worst-hit hill districts, where 4,500 people have been evacuated, a minister said.

And on the border along with Bangladesh, the chief chief minister said that border fencing has led to lost of land.

He made the remarks after chairing the first meeting of the chief ministers of four northeastern states bordering Myanmar. "FMR is being misused by militants and trans-border criminals who smuggle weapons, contraband goods and fake Indian currency", Singh said.

The Minister directed that whatever construction work is required near the border, may be done, leaving "No Construction Zone", and solicited cooperation of the Chief Ministers and local population for joint survey of border pillars on the India-Myanmar boundary.

Rajnath Singh and Kiren Rijiju were scheduled to visit the India-Myanmar border areas by a helicopter, the official said.

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