SHILLONG, March 03: The Governor of Meghalaya, Banwarilal Purohit was seen praising the initiatives of the state government during his address during the first day of the Budget Session of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly which began here on Friday.
“My government has created an enabling environment to create a conducive environment to facilitate surrendering of the cadres of militant and insurgent outfits and assimilate themselves into the national mainstream which is yielding positive results,” Purohit said.
He also said that most significant event in 2016 was the surrender of 117 militants and insurgent outfits and also the disbanding of one insurgent outfit in June, last year at Tura, West Garo Hills District.
The governor also informed that a strategy of sustained operations coupled with active support of the general public has been adopted besides civic action programmes on a massive scale have been launched which resulted in neutralizing many militant cadres and seizing of huge cache of weapons and ammunitions.
Highlighting the measures taken to strengthen the internal security apparatus to create a safe and secure environment for overall growth in the state, he said that police personnel have been augmented and posted in the interior areas of the state to instill confidence among the local people and to check the movements and activities of these militant groups.
“For public convenience and better administration, 18 police stations are being created,” the governor said as he informed that Salmanpara PS in South West Garo Hills and Mawngap PS were inaugurated recently.
“Very soon, the remaining new police stations will be created and dedicated to our people,” he said while adding the Special Force-10 has been inducted for anti-militancy operations in the state.
With regards to the Indo-Bangla border fencing, the governor said that the government is committed to complete the border fencing at a fast pace especially in certain pockets where the fencing work is still pending.
He however stated that the situation on the international border with Bangladesh as well as the inter-state border with Assam, especially in Block-I and Block-II areas, also remained peaceful.
“Efforts are on to solve the boundary dispute with Assam at the level of the Chief Ministers and Chief Secretaries of both the states by way of a permanent solution,” he added.
On the issue of illegal immigration and influx, he said that comprehensive measures are being put in place and serious efforts to ensure this and to complete various interventions in this regard are being made.
Meanwhile, the governor also informed that the separation of judiciary from the executive in 6 districts has been completed and the government has taken steps for separation of judiciary in the remaining five districts.