New Delhi: Against the backdrop of reports
of increased Chinese presence in the Indian Ocean, Government has beefed up security in the strategically located Andaman and Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands.
"The government is aware of strategic importance of
Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep and has been
taking steps to enhance security in the two Union
Territories," Home Minister P Chidambaram said here Friday.
Chidambaram said a unified command has already been set up in Andaman and Nicobar Islands to achieve strategic objectives.
"Additional police forces have been sanctioned for both
Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep," he said at the
meeting of the Consultative Committee of the Home Ministry.
New Delhi has taken note of China constructing ports in
Myanmar, Sri Lanka and Pakistan, India`s three immediate
The Home Minister said connectivity is a major issue in
Lakshadweep and Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the government
is addressing it.
Dispelling the impression that there is no representative
democracy in the UTs which have no assemblies, Chidambaram
pointed out that panchayat bodies are in place in all such
Referring to Chandigarh, the Home Minister said the UT
administration was preparing a Master Plan 2031 which was
aimed at sustainable development of Chandigarh while retaining
its essential character.