Itanagar, Sep. 13 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday said the security situation in the North East has improved considerably due to development initiatives by the Centre.
Khandu, who was addressing the 25th annual conference of DGP, IGP and heads of central police organizations of North East region here, applauded the role of the Centre in increasing the number of people from the region in the central paramilitary forces and in Delhi police.
He encouraged youths of the region to join the central paramilitary forces and urged the police organisations to carry out awareness programme in this regard.
Development packages for the region, including police modernisation, have improved the security situation in the area, he said adding the North East must be looked on as one entity when dealing with the security aspect, Khandu said.
“Though Arunachal has no home grown insurgency but the three eastern districts of the state are affected by it,” he said and expressed confidence that the police, para military forces and the Army would efficiently tackle the situation.
Khandu said that the Assam Police have a pivotal role to play in the security of the state since it shares borders with almost all the states in the North East.
Peace and order are the ‘prerequisite’ for development and economic growth of the state and security and development have to go together. Without the state police being efficient such goals cannot be achieved, he said.
Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said police officers must be calm and conduct themselves in a decent way.
People expect a lot from the police and so tend to be demanding and even abusive at times towards the force, he said.
“Police can play a positive role in promoting tourism by conducting themselves in decent and helpful way,” Rijiju added.
The two-day convention would deliberate on improving law and order situation in the region and formulating strategies to deal with new challenges.