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Security-related funds deprived: Mizoram CM
NEW DELHI, FEB 1 (AGENCIES):
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Published on 1 Feb. 2011 11:27 PM IST
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Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawala today charged the Centre with meting out injustice to his state by “depriving funds” under security-related expenditure.The Centre tends to take the peaceful situation in the state for granted, he told the conference of chief ministers on internal security here.
“Since my state has devoted a large portion of its meagre resources to the maintenance of internal security at the expense of curtailing other development activities, I feel that it will be a mistake for the government of India if the genuine requests for fund remain unattended. “There is a feeling among the general public that the government of India tends to take the peaceful situation of the state for granted,” he said. The contributions made by Mizoram in preserving peace and security resulted in heavy expenditure which could have been spent for development purposes. In a way, this is a selfless dedication made by my state which deserves recognition, he said.
“Even though my state remains one of the most peaceful states in the country, there is no ground for complacency as we are sandwiched by two foreign countries and being surrounded by states where militancy and insurgency exist.
“In spite of our heavy expenditure for maintaining security and peace, we have been deprived of fund under Security Related Expenditure (SRE). This is an injustice which needs to be redressed,” he said. He requested the government to provide Rs 31 crore needed for capital cost of building infrastructure for permanent battalion headquarters of the 3rd, 4th and 5th Indian Reserve Battalions from the budget of Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio requested the Centre to “do away with” the additional requirement of MHA verification for passport applicants from the state.
“The smuggling of arms and ammunition and contraband from across the border is cause for concern. The long and porous international border makes it difficult to effectively control such activities. Securing the international border makes it difficult to effectively control such activities.
“Securing the international border should, therefore, be given top priority. Therefore, in my view, the national interest will be served if the government in consultation with the Myanmar government undertakes intensive development of infrastructure in these areas which are inhabited by the same ethnic groups,” Rio said. He also said that the state has pending SRE claims of Rs 162.06 crore out of which claims of Rs 103.88 crore are pending with the Central government and the rest with state governments.

 
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