New Delhi, October 28: Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang participated in the Chintan Shivir chaired by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah at Surajkund.
The aim of the session was to prepare an action plan to implement ‘Vision 2047’ and ‘panch pran’ (five pledges) announced by PM Modi during his Independence Day speech this year.Matters related to developing an ecosystem for cyber-crime management, modernising police forces, increasing usage of information technology in the criminal justice system, land-border management and coastal security and other internal security issues were part of the agenda.
The Chief Minister placed few immediate and long term needs and interventions to the house from the Government of India to deal with the challenges faced by Sikkim. The CM in his address proposed to raise two more Indian Reserve Battalions of which one would be exclusively a Mahila Battalion including commando trained units. He also solicited for a ‘Special financial package to spread the physical reach and technological coverage of Model Police Stations to provide round the clock safety to tourists largely heading to enjoy the beauty and warm hospitality of rural and remote areas and also to undertake disaster management actions and tackle the increasing man-animal conflicts.
The CM apprised about setting up a platform for collaborations with the national institution like Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) to especially design and float machines, tools, techniques and technology that will cater to the specific security needs of high terrain mountain states like Sikkim including in areas of fighting forest fires, dislocations triggered by disasters and other climate change impact. Similarly, he also mentioned a strong need to raise a unit of Border Home Guards that would supplement the national security forces in providing critical local support services including in logistics, intelligence, multi-dimensional vigils, disaster management, borderland human security etc.
Likewise, the CM mentioned the significance of Vibrant Border Village concept launched by the Prime Minister. He said the critical focus of the State Government is on the livelihood sector, roads, hospital, education, communication, tourism and renewable energy that would be supportive in reducing urbanisation and village abandonment. In this context he requested for exclusive financial and institutional support of the MHA to achieve these targets.
During the meeting he informed that, under the direction of the Home Minister, the State Government has formed Special Anti Narcotic District and State Level Task Forces so as to control the surge of Drugs and Narcotics abuse and trafficking.
Lastly, he also requested for support from the Union Government to electronically track the movement of prescription drugs to strictly monitor the distributor/wholesalers and other prescribing agents.In his gratitude note the CM said, “It was an honour to be a part of the innovative and far reaching project initiated by the Union Home Minister in realising the PM’s vision for the Nation.”
Several approaches for a well-coordinated planning and implementation of policies related to national importance were discussed during the Shivir.
The meeting also had the presence of Chief Ministers from eight states, Home Ministers from various States, Home Secretary GOI, Chief Secretaries, Home Secretaries and the Directors General of Police of various States and officials from central and state Government.