Peace prerequisite for dev: Khandu

*Rijiju suggests seamless coordination

ITANAGAR, Sept 13: Security and development has to go together as maintaining law and order for prevailing peace is essential for development and economic growth, Chief Minister Pema Khandu today said, adding this goal could be achieved if state police becomes efficient.

Addressing the 25th annual conference of police and intelligence officers at Dorjee Khandu State Convention Centre here, he commended the role of police and security forces in maintaining law and order in the NE region, his state in particular. Security situation in the region has considerably improved due to fresh development impetus given by the Centre, he said.

He applauded the role of Centre in improving the presence of NE people in central paramilitary forces and in Delhi Police. He encouraged NE youths to join these forces and urged the police organisations to carry out awareness programme in this regard. He further said NE should be looked on as one entity when dealing with security matter. However, Assam Police has a pivotal role to play for NE security as the state shares borders with almost all NE states.

Though Arunachal has no home grown insurgency, but state’s three eastern districts are affected by it, he said and expressed his confidence on police, para military forces and the Army to tackle insurgency effectively. Stressing on strengthening information sharing mechanism, follow up actions and coordination between different state police, he said that it would improve the security apparatus to desired level. (PRO)

PIB adds: Union MoS (Home Affairs) Kiren Rijiju, in his address, urged NE security forces to have a seamless coordination, intelligence sharing to ensure security of the region. While complimenting the forces for successfully handling the complex issues over the years leading to improved security scenario in the NE, Rijiju said that security issues and policing in NE states are little unique and challenging because the NE is surrounded by neighboring countries.

He said that due to its geographical situation and exposure to international border, the NE has to deal with not only internal but external problem. He lauded the role played by state police of the NE region and the consistent support by para military forces for maintaining law and order situation. He said that coordination, cooperation and flawless intelligence sharing are crucial aspects for security. The NE security situation has improved significantly in last four and half years as level of violence and causality figures has come down by more than 50%. Stressing the importance of coordination and cooperation among NE states, he said that though there are 8 political units in NE but they can work as one unit.

The Assam Rifles Academy at Diphu (Karbi Anglong, Assam) has been identified for specialized training in counter insurgency operations for NE Police and NIA has been conducting training modules for investigations of terror related cases.

Arunachal Pradesh DGP S. B. K Singh and Intelligence Bureau additional director, A. K Mishra also spoke

The DGP, senior police officers of NE states, senior officers IB, para military forces and West Bengal Police are taking part in the two-day conference.

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