Itanagar: Expressing concern over border security management in the strategic state of Arunachal Pradesh, Governor Gen (Retd) JJ Singh has pitched for a two-pronged strategy.
The strategy includes infrastructure upgradation for residents in border areas and strengthening of security apparatus, both personnel and infrastructure, along the actual boundary.
Addressing a `Conference of Governors’ at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi yesterday, Singh said, “Basic administrative and civic services to residents of border habitations have to be provided at their door steps so that they do not migrate to better developed areas, leaving these strategic centres un-populated", a Raj Bhavan communiqué said today.
"The Centre should also not apply the typical formulae of economic cost-benefit analysis before sanctioning infrastructure development projects for these areas,” the
To stop infiltration across the border, he said, “We need to raise more battalions of border guarding forces like Assam Rifles and substantially increase their presence along
the actual boundary.”
Also, for geographically difficult and challenging areas, we have to expand the successfully tested model of home and hearth battalions like Ladakh Scouts “whose men need little acclimatisation or language support", he said.
"The raising of 1st Battalion of Arunachal Scouts is a right step in this direction. We now have to look at raising more such battalions and also dedicate training centres for
them,” he said.
To check cross-border terrorism, the Governor said it is important that there is increased flow of information and some mechanism is evolved to formalise the existing border trade haats and open viable land-routes to South East Asia like opening of the historic Stilwell road and reviving border trade across Pangsau Pass with Myanmar and across Tawang with Bhutan.
This, he said, would serve as an important component of Look East Policy and go a considerable way in improving the overall economy of the region.