GUWAHATI: Amidst interstate border issues grilling the state government for the last couple of months, at least 50 Border Outposts (BOPs) in the state will be upgraded soon in line of the Mission for Overall Improvement of Thana for Responsive Image (MOITRI) scheme for the modernization of police stations.
Under the scheme, barracks will also be built adjacent to the BOPs for the convenience of the men in uniform.
The up-gradation will be done in the first phase of the scheme and an amount to the tune of around Rs. 100 crore to be earmarked for the purpose. Subsequently, other BOPs of the state will be covered under the scheme.
Chairing a meeting of the Home and Interstate Border Protection and Development Department, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal stressed on the need for the efficient management of inter-state boundary areas and making the border areas development programmes successful.
“Roads leading to the BOPs need to be made motorable. At the same time, provision should be made for uninterrupted power supply in the BOPs,” Sonowal said adding that the government is aware of the hardships the personnel have to endure in manning the BOPs along the remote border areas.
He said that the personnel detailed for ensuring the safety and security of the people living along the inter-state boundary areas deserves good facilities.
The CM added that an elaborate action plan should be put in place to facilitate good living conditions along with logistics for the people as well as police personnel along with the fringe areas of the inter-state boundary.
He, therefore, asked the Border Protection and Development Department to chalk out an action plan on an emergent basis for the construction of good quality roads and bridges to reach out even to the impregnable areas.
“The state government would provide four motorcycles and eight bicycles to each of the 100 BOPs. Moreover, the state government would also provide fuel for the motorcycles,” Sonowal said.
In the meeting, the senior officers of the Home, Border Protection and Development Department apprised the chief minister of the prevailing condition along the border areas.
Sonowal harping on the importance of solving all outstanding boundary issues with the neighbouring states amicably through dialogue, asked the senior officers of the departments to have regular talks with their counterparts.
Sonowal also took stock of the situation prevailing along the Indo-Bangla border that Assam shares with the neighbouring country along with the NRC exercise.