Centre sanctions Rs 130 cr for Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Mar 3 – The Central Government has sanctioned a special financial package of Rs 130 crore to Arunachal Pradesh for modernization of police forces in troubled-torn Tirap and Changlang districts. This was revealed by Union Minister of State for Home Mullapally Ramachandran during his visit to the State on Thursday.

The package is meant for improvement of all the existing police stations and opening of new ones in both the districts.

When his attention was drawn towards reported movement of underground elements in both the districts from across the border and the hardship faced by the people, the Union Minister said the Centre was aware of the problem. “I’m here to study the ground realities of internal security of this sensitive border State”, he said.

Ramchandran, who arrived here on Wednesday evening, was reportedly apprised of all security related issues of the State at a highl-level meeting on Thursday.

The Union Minister also called on the Governor Gen J J Singh at Raj Bhavan where the internal security scenario of the State and much needed initiative of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs were discussed.

Highlighting the strategic importance of the State, the Governor emphasized on expeditious police modernization and providing adequate funds to implement the programme. The Governor also called for more recruitment under State civil police.

The visit of the Union Minister of State for Home to this Himalayan State, just few days after Union Defence Minister AK Antony’s visit, assumed much significance. China objected Antony’s visit to Arunachal during the silver jubilee celebration of Statehood on February 20. However, both Centrel and State Government phoo-phooed China’s objection.