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PC hopes ULFA will make formal offer

By Spl Correspondent

NEW DELHI, Sept 1 � Union Home Minister P Chdambaram today reiterated his stand that he always hoped that ULFA will make a formal offer for talks.

Presenting his monthly report, Home Minister said that Government�s interlocutor PC Haldar had some talks with some ULFA leaders.

Replying to a question about the recent clashes in Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, Chidambaram said it is true that some clashes have taken place. Since then representatives of both the State Governments have met and joint patrolling of the inter-State border have started, he said without elaborating about the role of NSCN (I-M) militants.

Senior officials admitted that they have reports of the NSCN (I-M) militant too being involved in one or two incidents.

About the talks with the NSCN (I-M), the Home Minister said talks were going on between the Government�s interlocutor, R S Pandey and the Naga militant leaders.

When asked about the ongoing economic blockade in Manipur, Chidambaram said on the request of the Governments of Manipur and Nagaland, 12 additional CPMF companies including six companies each of CRPF and BSF were deployed for security of NH-39 and NH-53.

On August 10, a committee was constituted to examine various issues related to Chakmas and Hajongs, which include their settlement in Arunachal Pradesh and grant of Indian citizenship to eligible members.

Reporting the progress of border fencing and road project along the India-Bangladesh border, the Home minister said three km of fencing and five km of road works were completed in August, under phase II of the project. At least 7 km of fencing was replaced in August, under phase III of the project.

Poles for floodlighting were erected on a length of 30 Km during the month of August, 2010.

About India-China Border works, he said: 15.22 km of formation works and 2.36 km of surfacing works were completed in August. Formation and cutting works were completed for the Sugar Point � Lepcha road (Himachal Pradesh) and the Bona� Gelling road in Arunachal Pradesh.

Meanwhile strength of IPS officers for Assam-Meghalaya cadre has been increased to 188 officers from 172, he informed.

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PC hopes ULFA will make formal offer

NEW DELHI, Sept 1 � Union Home Minister P Chdambaram today reiterated his stand that he always hoped that ULFA will make a formal offer for talks.

Presenting his monthly report, Home Minister said that Government�s interlocutor PC Haldar had some talks with some ULFA leaders.

Replying to a question about the recent clashes in Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, Chidambaram said it is true that some clashes have taken place. Since then representatives of both the State Governments have met and joint patrolling of the inter-State border have started, he said without elaborating about the role of NSCN (I-M) militants.

Senior officials admitted that they have reports of the NSCN (I-M) militant too being involved in one or two incidents.

About the talks with the NSCN (I-M), the Home Minister said talks were going on between the Government�s interlocutor, R S Pandey and the Naga militant leaders.

When asked about the ongoing economic blockade in Manipur, Chidambaram said on the request of the Governments of Manipur and Nagaland, 12 additional CPMF companies including six companies each of CRPF and BSF were deployed for security of NH-39 and NH-53.

On August 10, a committee was constituted to examine various issues related to Chakmas and Hajongs, which include their settlement in Arunachal Pradesh and grant of Indian citizenship to eligible members.

Reporting the progress of border fencing and road project along the India-Bangladesh border, the Home minister said three km of fencing and five km of road works were completed in August, under phase II of the project. At least 7 km of fencing was replaced in August, under phase III of the project.

Poles for floodlighting were erected on a length of 30 Km during the month of August, 2010.

About India-China Border works, he said: 15.22 km of formation works and 2.36 km of surfacing works were completed in August. Formation and cutting works were completed for the Sugar Point � Lepcha road (Himachal Pradesh) and the Bona� Gelling road in Arunachal Pradesh.

Meanwhile strength of IPS officers for Assam-Meghalaya cadre has been increased to 188 officers from 172, he informed.