ITANAGAR, July 12 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on Saturday said the State is faced with growing challenges from issues rising from inter-State border dispute with Assam and the activities of underground groups from outside.
Speaking at the conference of Chief Ministers of North East organised by Union Home Ministry of under the chairmanship of Home Minister Rajnath Singh at Guwahati yesterday, Tuki said there is an agreement to maintain status quo, an official communiqu� informed.
The Chief Minister requested the Ministry of Home Affairs to confirm that both the State Governments abstain from activities in the disputed areas that may disturb peace and tranquility.
Responding to the issue, Singh advised both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh Governments to strictly adhere to the agreement of status-quo to maintain law and order along the inter-State boundary as directed by the Supreme Court, the communiqu� said.
Dwelling on security along the international border, especially the Indo-Tibet border, Tuki said the challenge is that of under-development, which is leading to thinning out of population from remote villages.
He urged the Ministry to push the Telecommunication department for speedy implementation of the recently cleared mobile telecommunication infrastructure for Arunachal Pradesh by the Cabinet Committee on Security.
Tuki also proposed that the Ministry may consider supporting the raising of Special Border Home Guard, which draws men and women from remote border blocks, and utilise their local knowledge and their physical sturdiness for security purposes.
Meanwhile, DoNER Minister Jitender Singh has announced a fund of Rs 225 crore for construction of inter-State roads that are lying almost defunct, the communiqu� added. � PTI