Border skirmish, militant activity a concern: Meghalaya Guv
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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.


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

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