Guwahati, July 10: Stating that the security situation in the North East has “improved drastically” in the last four years since the NDA government came to power, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh stressed the need to have a forum to discuss the inter-State security-related issues.
Singh called for a common forum where issues like boundary disputes, drug trafficking, smuggling of arms and ammunition and common approaches for tackling terrorism and militancy can be discussed.
He chaired the two-day 67thplenary of the North Eastern Council (NEC) at the State Convention Centre in Shillong on Monday. Singh also stated that the insurgency-related incidents have come down by 85 per cent as compared to the 90s in the North East.
“There is 96 per cent reduction in civilian and security forces casualties. On the other hand, the AFSPA (Armed Forces Special Power Act) has been lifted from Meghalaya and its coverage area reduced in Arunachal Pradesh,” he said.
Insurgency has come down in #Meghalaya but the onus lies upon us to rehabilitate the militants with a focus developmental agenda. Thank you @rajnathsingh ji for your concern to address the issue. Under the leadership of PM @narendramodi ji, Northeast will march together. pic.twitter.com/h6cwcNhDuP
— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) July 9, 2018
“With the Governors and Chief Ministers of the Northeastern states as its members, the NEC can provide a common forum for discussing a subject in a comprehensive manner in the presence of top functionaries of the two Union Ministries,” he said.
Historic decision of nominating Union HM @rajnathsingh ji as chairman of NEC after 46 yrs of its constitution. Thanks to Shri @narendramodi ji & his cabinet for the special concern for NE region. This will strengthen NEC & further take development of NorthEast to greater heights.
— Pema Khandu (@PemaKhanduBJP) July 9, 2018
Singh further added, “There is a need for a forum to address inter-state internal security-related issues including boundary disputes, narcotics, militancy and so on. While the DoNER Ministry is focussing on its coordination role in development matters, the Ministry of Home Affairs is primarily focussed on the security-related issues.”
Singh also asked the Northeastern states to expedite work on long pending projects of the NEC and ensure maximum utilisation of funds
An amount of Rs 1,245.66 crore was allotted to the NEC during 2017-18, an increase of 28.6 per cent over the budgeted outlay of Rs 968.79 crore in 2016-17, Singh said.
#NEC as a Council for conflict resolution, development planning & knowledge hub may enable States & implementing agencies to properly plan & execute projects, promote research & innovations & provide strategic policy vision for the region #NECPlenaryMeet @narendramodi @NITIAayog pic.twitter.com/i1Dp51mVN3
— Neiphiu Rio (@Neiphiu_Rio) July 9, 2018
“The NEC shall focus on bamboo development, special intervention in backward and Sixth Schedule areas, militancy-affected districts and autonomous district council areas, value chain in piggery sector, regional tourism, higher education, tertiary healthcare including health education, livelihood projects, surveys and investigations of projects in power, irrigation and flood control, besides promotion of the region,” he said.