Secretary reviews defence issues

ITANAGAR | Apr 20 | Amidst India and China cacophony on border dispute, particularly Beijing renaming six places in Arunachal, Defence Secretary G Mohan Kumar called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu today and reviewed defence related issues in the state at a high-level meeting.

Khandu discussed security related issues including land acquisition for defence purposes, status of ALGs, Missamari-Tawang railway line.

On land compensation, particularly  dual compensation raised by the defence forces, Khandu said a group of ministers (GoMs) has been  constituted and its report awaited. The  process is on to grant permanent rights instead of lease hold right, subject to condition that Defence authorities pay annual lease rent of Rs 10 per sqmtr as per amended state land settlement law rules.

On dual use of six ALGS, the defence authority had approved on 30.03.17 that would promote tourism and other commercial activities  besides ensure succour to sick and needy for quick  transportation. However, the Defence officials urged to speed up work on airfields in Dirang to promote high-end tourists for sports adventure and Khandu assured speedy clearance of pending issues to speed up the process.

On Missamari-Tawang railway line, likely to be completed by October 2020, the GoAP urged to accelerate  location survey likely to begin next year, likely to cost around Rs 50,000-70,000 crore.

Establishment of Army brigade in Khonsa and Army cantonment in state capital was also discussed in the meeting, attended by Town Planning and UD Minister

Nabam Rebia, senior army officials and senior GoAP officials. (PRO)

China move intriguing: AAPSU

Meanwhile, terming renaming six places in Arunachal by Chinese Govt in the backdrop of His Holiness Dalai Lama’s recent visit to the state as retaliatory, All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) said such intriguing move amounted to unnecessary interference in internal affair of a sovereign nation.

The deliberate Chinese Govt plan to create confusion & commotion among international community reflected their prolonged sinister design but is uncalled for and unwarranted act, AAPSU president Hawa Bagang, in a release,  out rightly rejected the renaming move.

History is a living testimony that Arunachal was never a part of China at any given point of time and such parochial idea won’t have any takers in  Arunachal Pradesh as Arunachalees are staunch  patriots.

The union also urged the GoAP to take serious note of  repeated CoSAAP request to enhance retirement age limit from 58 to 60 years and NoC issue. The GoAP’s wavering on these serious issues will not be tolerated at any cost. The GoAP should reflect its sensitivity towards the hope and aspirations of thousands state youths who are desperately looking out for job opportunity, instead of encouraging a “state of stagnation”.

The state cabinet meeting proposed tomorrow should consider AAPSU’s request for regular appointment of director to NERIST and NIT to improve deteriorating academic atmosphere of state’s higher institute of learning.

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