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Himachal Seeks Funds for Developing Modern Infrastructure in Border Districts

Health, Revenue and Law Minister Shri Kaul Singh Thakur with Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Shri Sukhvir Singh Badal and Bihar Chief Minister Shri Nitish Kumar during the Chief Ministers conference in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi today.

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5 Dariya News (Vijyender  Sharma)

New Delhi , 05 Jun 2013

Himachal Pradesh  today requested the central govt to provide liberal financial assistance to strengthen the police and civil establishments in the borders areas  of Lahaul Spiti  and Kinnaur districts to provide the adequate response to the development of  civil and military infrastructure by china along Indo-Tibet border .

While speaking in the conference of Chief Ministers on internal security in Vigyan Bhawan New Delhi today Himachal Health and Family Welfare,revenue and law  Minister Sh Kaul Singh Thakur pleaded for speedy and reliable connectivity in terms of infrastructure and technology in border areas and requested the central assistance for  developing advance infrastructure and latest equipments to ensure the social and economic development of these snow bound areas which remains cut off from rest of world during winter season .He requested the union govt to  enhance financial allocations under Border Area Development Programme and demanded subsidized  helicopter services to the border districts round the year to improve the movements in strategically  located areas .

He requested for broadguage railway line connecting Leh through himachal pradesh to improve the man and material to border areas of ladakh which are strategically important for the security of the country.He asked for 100% funding for himachal police for equipping with high mountain gear and disaster management equipments to face the peculiar challanges like  rescuing tourists,cloud burst,flash floods and avalanches etc .He demanded the sanction of one battalion of National Disaster Response Force in the state and offered land and other assistance from state govt .

Himachal  Minister Sh Kaul Singh Thakur  requested the union govt to provide  technical,financial and logistic assistance to promote alternative crops in mid himalayas terrain which have abundant cannabis and opium cultivation and requested for providing unmanned aerial vehicle to conduct aerial surveillance of the areas affected by cannabis and opium cultivation .He requested  the central govt to treat himachal as "A" category state like J&K,North East States under modernization of police forces(MPF)  for providing funding under central --state contribution ratio of 90;10 and told that at present the himachal pradesh has been put in the category of those states which are eligible for central ---state contribution ratio of 60:40 which is proving major set back for modernization plans of the police force.He requested the union govt to reconsider  the decision of withdrawal of four companies of I T B P from senstive border along J &K as recent intelligence has put this border on high alert .

Himachal  Minister Sh Kaul Singh Thakur said that himachal is the first state in the country to post women police personal in all police stations of the state and added that at least one women  non gazetted officer will be posted in all police stations during next 3 years .He said that all women quick reaction teams and central control rooms have been put up to address the cases of sexual assault and said that  gender sensitization training would be organized to cover entire police force over next three years .He said that an elaborate standing operating procedure for investigation and registration o sexual offences  will be shortly issued by the state govt .Himachal  Minister Sh Kaul Singh Thakur  demanded the reimbursement of entire security expenditure of His Holiness Dalai Lama and Karmapa Lama and told that the security is strengthened periodically in consultation with union home ministry.He said that at present only a part of expenditure of His Holiness Dalai Lama is being reimbursed by  Ministry of External Affairs while entire expenditure on security of the Karmapa Lama is being borne by state govt .He said that state govt will set up Tibetan Refugee Unit in state intelligence department and Tibetan Refugee cell at Dharamshala in consultation of MHA and MEA to effectively monitor the activities of approximately 28501 Tibetan refugees residing in various parts of the state .


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