".......highlights developmental issues that impact security environment in Sikkim"
Sikkim Chief Minister Dr. Pawan Chamling on Sunday took part in the Annual meeting of DGPs and IGPs on security related challenges. The conference was chaired by Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi in Guwahati.
The Prime Minister in his address has called for the creation of a “SMART” police force: a police which is strict yet sensitive; modern and mobile; alert and accountable; reliable and responsive; techno-savvy and trained. The Prime Minister said taking this conference out of Delhi will bring more focus to the main agenda at hand, besides increasing the morale of police forces in the North-East.
Chief Minister Pawan Chamling started his speech by thanking the Prime Minister for giving the opportunity to CMs of North Eastern states to participate in this conference. He then highlighted the geo-strategic significance of Sikkim and importance of maintaining peace in the state.
The CM thanked the Prime Minister for the historical decision of opening up Nathula-Mansarovar route for the Yatra. He has emphasized on upgrading infrastructure and connectivity including strengthening of security related infrastructures along the India-China border at Nathula. Chamling also highlighted the huge infrastructure deficit i.e. road connectivity, lack of alternate highway, lack of rail and air links to Sikkim.
Chamling has concurred with the Prime Minister's Act East policy and highlighted what Sikkim has to offer in terms of tourism, horticulture and organic farming. "We want to play a more active and positive role under the umbrella of the policy by leveraging our natural advantages for our progress and prosperity" he said.
The Chief Minister has called for better coordination among the states, talks with insurgent groups and creating opportunities for the youth to create a peaceful atmosphere in the region. He has cited the example of Sikkim where peace and tranquility is maintained through various measures like ensuring basic minimum needs are met, cultural freedom and promoting interest of every section of population through regular state patronage.