Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) Dr BD Mishra chaired a high-level security meeting with Chief Minister Pema Khandu and General Officer Commanding in Chief (GOC-in-C), Eastern Command, Lt Gen Anil Chauhan at the Raj Bhavan. In the meeting they reviewed the defence and security apparatuses, coordination amongst the forces, and defence related infrastructure and communication necessities.
The Governor during the meet said that the national interest and security down to the last person in the remotest part of the State have always been the top priority of the State. He advised for more interactions and meetings between defence and civil administration to further strengthen these priorities. He further emphasised on removing bottlenecks, if any, in building better coordination, particularly in sharing of information on the matters of the defence of country’s borders.
Stating that Indian Armed Forces are second to none in their fighting calibre, both in terms of men and machine, the Governor said, “With better relationships with the local populace, which is the ‘second line of defence’, we will surely defend our borders.” The Governor suggested the Army Commander to help the local economy by procuring perishable goods such as vegetables and fruits from the local farmers. Such gestures will not only support the villagers in their economic activities but will also arrest the migration from border areas to towns.
The Chief Minister, while participating in the discussion, appreciated the Indian Army for safeguarding the frontiers and for keeping alive the spirit of civil-military friendship. Earlier, the GOC-in-C briefed the Governor and the Chief Minister about the ground situation and preparedness of the defence forces for any eventuality in the NorthEast region. He also acknowledged the goodwill of the people of Arunachal Pradesh for the Indian Army and the Security forces.