Border skirmish, militant activity a concern: Meghalaya Guv

Last Updated: Friday, March 19, 2010 - 22:26

Shillong: Meghalaya Governor R S
Mooshahary on friday expressed concern over the formation of new
militant groups in the state and recent incidents of firing
between BSF and BDR on the international border and said the
government was constantly monitoring the situation.

"The government is concerned at the recent incidents
on the international border sparked off by certain elements of
the security forces of our neighbouring country. The matter is
being taken up at the highest level...," Mooshahary said
addressing the budget session of the assembly.
He said assistance has been rendered to the affected
people and security measures strengthened to dissuade any such
further attempts.

"Reports of formation of new militant groups in Garo
hills and activities of Assam-based groups along the
inter-state border are a cause of concern," Mooshahary said
even as he maintained that developments in Bangladesh against
militant outfits have impacted the morale and capability of
the outfits.

Referring to the vexed uranium mining project, he said
there continues to be a divergence of views on the issue.

"Keeping in mind the need to ensure the widest
possible participation in the decision making process, a joint
committee has been set up to study the gamut of relevant
issues and submit their recommendations to the government," he
said.
On the border conflict with Assam, he said the
situation requires close monitoring, restraint and timely
action to pre-empt any conflict in the areas.

Projecting the growth rate for the state during the
11th Plan at 7.3 per cent, the Governor said for the year
2010-11, a plan size of Rs 2310 crore has been proposed.

Touching on some key financial reforms, Mooshahary said,
henceforth government payments, including salaries, pensions
and contractors bills, will be made only through cheque and
account transfers and the system of cash payment done away
with.

"The government is also seeking to operationalize the
online system of tax receipt via `cyber treasury` and once the
project is through, the tax payers will be able to pay their
taxes online," he said.

Mooshahary said fourteen Horti-Hubs will be made
functional by this year end, to give better market access for
farmers. A Regional Training Centre for cultivation of
commercial crops, five farmer markets, two cold chains and
crop evacuation axes will be established in the state this
year, he informed.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 19, 2010 - 22:26

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