The Union Home Minister P.Chidambaram was on a one-day visit to Aizawl today. He had a meeting with the Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers at Raj Bhavan.

The Mizoram Government submitted a Memorandum to the Home Minister and discussions were also based on the Memorandum.The Union Home Minister expressed his satisfaction on the steps taken by the State Government to bring back the Bru refugees from Tripura by lauding the effort of the State Government and requested the latter to keep up the good work. He said that 215 Bru families have returned so far and asked the Brus  and the Mizos to live together in peace and harmony. He also asked the Bru refugees who are still in Tripura to return to Mizoram by October 2010.

For better intelligence sharing and better coordination between the police forces of different states, the Home Minister urged the State Government to make use of the Subsidiary Multi-Agency Centre (SMAC), at Shillong.

Reviewing the progress of Indo-Bangladesh border fencing, the Home Minister urged the concerned agencies to complete the whole process at the earliest. He also suggested that the State Government appoint a senior officer from the Secretariat to resolve all issues regarding claims for compensations and other related issues. He also said that Border Security Force (BSF) would be instructed to take the State/District administration into confidence in all border fencing issues including alignment.

Regarding the construction of Border Outposts (BOPs), the Union Home Minister was informed that the BSF has already identified the sites and the State PWD is working on the details. The Home Minister replied by informing the State Government that the Centre has no objection to the State PWD executing the works.

The Union Home Minister was informed that the State PWD has already prepared the Detailed Project Report (DPR) for 2293 kms of road in the border area at an estimated cost of Rs. 2604.28 crore. The Union Home Minister assured that the project would be got sanctioned soon.

Regarding re-imbursement of deployment and raising of IR battallions, the Union Home Minister assured  the State Government that all pending dues would be cleared by his Ministry at the earliest.

The Union Home Minister informed the State Government that the Ministry of Home Affairs would provide additional funds under the Modernization of Police Forces during 2010-11 to meet all security-related expenses of the State Government and regarding import permission of foreign weapons for State Commando Units, the Union Home Minister suggested that a list of arms required be provided to the Ministry of Home Affairs and the materials would be made available in kind by the Ministry through the system on central procurement.

After the meeting, the Union Home Minister proceeded to Guwahati to attend a meeting there. The Union Home Minister was accompanied by Home Secretary Mr. G.K.Pillai , Special Director Mr. R.N.Ravi , OSD to Home Minister Mr. Safi Rizvi, Director (NE) Mr. R.R.Jha and Deputy Secretary (MHA) Mr. Ajay Kanowjia.


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