Rajnath Singh to meet chief ministers of northeastern states today

Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair a meeting of chief ministers of the northeastern states on Saturday to discuss security and development related issues.

Last Updated: Jul 11, 2015, 08:54 AM IST
Rajnath Singh to meet chief ministers of northeastern states today

Guwahati: Home Minister Rajnath Singh will chair a meeting of chief ministers of the northeastern states on Saturday to discuss security and development related issues.

The Home Minister arrived here on Friday to address the chief ministers of of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura and Sikkim.

Rajnath Singh`s visit assumes significance as the region has been witnessing a volatile situation for several weeks with the NSCN-K ramping up its operations.

Security related issues like counter insurgency operations, suspension of operations pacts, effective functioning of anti-extortion cells and strengthening and equipping of state police forces of the region will be discussed in the day-long meeting.

The participants will also discuss effective guarding of international borders adjoining Northeastern states. In addition, important development projects and flood and landslide situation in the region will also be reviewed, an official statement said.

Rajnath is accompanied by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, Doner Minister Jitendra Singh and Union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Sarbananda Sonowal.

The NSCN-K militants, who had abrogated the ceasefire with the central government on March 27, has intensified its operations in three states - Nagaland, Manipur and in Arunachal Pradesh.

On June 4, NSCN-K militants attacked an army convoy in Chandel district of Manipur, killing 18 soldiers.