CM calls on Defence MoS to fast track pending issues in Arunachal


NEW DELHI | May 30 | Union  MoS (Defence) Dr Subhash Bhamre exhorted his ministry and army officials to fast-track all pending issues by coordinating with each other and the GoAP during a meeting with Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu at South Block here today to remove various bottlenecks.

Khandu called on Bhamre to discuss on compensation and land acquisition issues for defence purposes in the state. Pending land acquisition cases of Bora Rupak (Baririjo), Bame (Tirbin), Basar, Baisakhi (north and south of Sela), Seppa, Shanglem (West Kameng), Mechuka, Tuting, Mandala (Dirang), Orak-Nacho-Kojin Nallah (Upper Subansiri), Manigong, Tawang, Anini, Tato, Kalaktang etc besides forest clearance for border roads, NoC by the GoAP and release of compensation by the army were discussed.

Informing that high lease rate, grant of ownership rights, payment of dual compensation and fixation of land rates will be resolved soon, the CM assured cooperation, saying that state Cabinet has constituted a high level committee under land management minister chairmanship  to examine the issues and submit its report within a month for the GoAP to take a final call.

“As the CM and the CS are here we believe all issues on part of the GoAP will be cleared and land required for defence purposes would be acquired but by paying land compensation to the rightful owners on time,” Dr Bhamre said. He stressed that such tri-partite meeting between the army, defence ministry and the GoAP should be held in regular intervals to resolve all pending issues. He also suggested a similar meeting in a few months time in Arunachal Pradesh to reassess the actions taken.

Union MoS (Home Affairs) Kiren Rijiju called for resolving all issues and clear pending cases in a time bound manner. He asked the officials the time they would take in clearing all pending issues which were discussed.

“It should not be ‘it will be done’. It should be ‘it will be done within this month or two month’s time’,” he said and added that he would seek status once given time is over.

Rijiju urged Dr Bhamre to follow up with his officers and the CM with his officers simultaneously so that there’s a constant pressure on all to finalize all pending cases.  Top army and defence department officials, secretary to CM and resident commissioner were present.  (PRO)

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