Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sikkim CM attends Conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security in New Delhi

Chamling talks on the steps taken to issue Identity Card for Sikkim Subjects & their descendents
GANGTOK, August 18: The Chief Minister Pawan Chamling yesterday made a pointed reference on the steps taken by the ruling Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) Government to issue Identity Card for the Sikkim Subjects and their descendents to maintain their distinct identity as well as to others residing in the State.
Mr. Chamling was addressing the Conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on August 17.
While stating that Sikkim has always offered a unique example to all the countrymen for being able to provide the greatest measure of happiness in its continued peace and tranquillity, he thanked the Central Government and the peace-loving and god-fearing people of Sikkim for having collectively shunned violence and disturbance religiously as part of general creed and faith rooted in rich tradition and custom.
The Chief Minister also assured the Prime Minister that Sikkim Government will fully adhere to central directive to upgrade its mechanism from time to time and to whatever intervention and pointed security mechanism as the central government would prescribe from time to time. As people living in the high Himalayas, the people of Sikkim, Mr. Chamling said are aware of their vast responsibility to secure environmental security, water security and human security for the entire Country. He further expressed hope that with the blessings of the Prime Minister and the active support of all agencies of central government, the State Government would succeed in the sacred obligation to help the Country secure its future safer, peaceful and prosperous.
Mr. Chamling was accompanied to the meeting by the Chief Secretary TT Dorji, DGP CM Ravindran, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, RS Basnet, Principal Secretary, Home Jasbir Singh and the Resident Commissioner Arvind Kumar.
The Conference on Internal Security was chaired by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh. Also present were Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, both the Ministers of State for Home, National Security Advisor, MK Narayanan, Union Home Secretary, GK Pillai, Governor, Chief Ministers of States and Lt. Governors, senior officials both from the Centre and the State Governments.
While addressing the Conference, the Prime Minister said that the Government had already set up four NSG hubs in different places in the country to increase security coverage across the Country with proposal to set up four more. The Prime Minister further said that the Government has improved the security mechanism with alert intelligence and other measures but added utmost vigilance and continued improvement in the existing security measures. He further cautioned that the Country is facing serious challenge from terrorist groups in Pakistan and the left wing extremists operating in the country. He viewed that situation in J&K and the North East as generally normal with attempt of infiltration by terrorists stalled and incidents of insurgencies in the North East. The Prime Minister further stressed on the greater need for coordination between States to collectively fight these menace.
Earlier Mr. Chidambaran while addressing the gathering recalled that the last meeting on internal security on January 6, 2009 pledged to provide security to people stood as redeemed, with general improvement in situation on law and order throughout the country. The Union Minister further said that this meeting had been called within the first 100 days of the UPA government for preparing the working plan on internal security by the new government at the centre.
Later while reacting to the inputs from the Chief Ministers and Lt. Governors of the States and UTs, the Union Home Minister laid out 14 point programmes requiring initiatives from the centre and States. Some of the important points in the programme include equipping police for jungle warfare through training, centralize purchase of equipment for the police personnel, establish Regional Intelligence Training Centre for the States, train Police personnel of the States, modernization of Police Force Grants to continue for another five years, enhance the strength of police force from 1:8, 1:12 to 1:40 in Police stations.
It also includes expediting road building construction in the Naxalite affected States, provide for enhanced mega city policing and focussed attention and measures in the porous border with Nepal.