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Militancy continues to be high in North East
Correspondent SHILLONG, JUL 8:
Published on 9 Jul. 2009 12:42 AM IST
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Militancy and related incidents of violence continued to be high in the Northeastern States of Assam, Manipur and Nagaland during the year 2008-09, a Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) statement said on Wednesday. According to the statement, the militancy incidents has further deteriorated in Manipur with terror activities increasing from 262 in 2008 to 311 in 2009, while in Assam, it rose from 207 in 2008 to 221 in 2009. The Union government has deployed Central Security Forces to aid the State authorities for carrying out counter insurgency operations and providing security for vulnerable institutions and installations and sharing of intelligence with the state police, the statement said. In order to strengthen the local police forces and intelligence agencies, the centre has also provided financial assistance under the police modernization scheme for strengthening various aspects of the security apparatus and counter-insurgency operations by way of reimbursement of security-related expenditure. Barring Mizoram and Sikkim, the police modernization scheme is being implemented in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura. The Scheme has also assisted the states for raising of additional Forces in the form of Indian Reserve Battalions. With regard to the porous Indo-Bangla border, the MHA has prepared and fixed targets for the Annual Action Plan for border works to strengthen the border security. Accordingly, along the Indo-Bangladesh border, 1800.09 kms of fencing and 718.64 km. of roads have been completed under Phase II project. Further, replacement of 376 kms of fencing has been completed under Phase III project. A total of 2579.22 kms of fencing and 1422.45 kms of roads under Phase II are scheduled to be completed at a cost of Rs.4393.67 crore within the year 2010, and 861.72 kms of fencing under Phase III at a cost of Rs.884 crore, the statement said. The installation of floodlighting works is also in progress for about 2840.90 km at a cost of Rs.1327.77 crore to be completed within 2012. The construction work for additional Border outposts along the Indo-Bangladesh border numbering 383 has been awarded, at a cost of Rs. 1832.50 crore to be completed within 2014. Construction work in 10 strategic roads along the Indo-China border has been started and is to be completed by 2013.

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