Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Retd) B D Mishra on Sunday said that a large number of beguiled youths of Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts of the state want to leave the gun culture and surrender.

“We must give these misguided youths an opportunity under the ‘Surrender Policy’ of the state government and motivate them to join the mainstream,” Mishra said while discussing law and order issues of the state with chief minister Pema Khandu at Raj Bhawan here.

The governor was recently on a tour of Changlang district.

The governor and chief minister also discussed matters related to various ongoing developmental projects and programmes in the state.

The Governor shared his observations about the 157-km-long Miao-Vijaynagar Road on which he drove on November 20.

He emphasized that the project has to be expedited, while maintaining the quality of work with proper techniques and specifications as per the road construction work guidelines.

The governor reiterated that this lifeline of the people of the easternmost tip of the state will be a boon for the youths, entrepreneurs and tourists.

“Most importantly it will strengthen the territorial security of the nation and reinforce the conservation and protection of the treasured flora and fauna of Namdapha Tiger Reserve,” he said. 

Chief Minister Khandu earlier briefed the governor on his recent tour to the Upper Subansiri and West Kameng districts.

Eastern Army Commander Lt Gen Manoj Pande also called on Governor Mishra on the day during which they discussed matters related to defence of borders and civil-army liaison for better cooperation and harmonized actions in the frontier state.

During the meeting, the governor emphasized that the army units along with their prime responsibility of guarding the frontiers, should also adopt villages and schools and conduct medical camps in their area of responsibility.

“Such initiatives by the army will help in checking the migration of the indigenous population from border areas. This initiative, at the same time will strengthen the goodwill for the troops amongst the local population,” he said.

The governor also shared his commitment for the recruitment of the youths of Arunachal Pradesh in the Indian Army and stressed that it would have multifaceted advantages.

Our youths with an inherent son of the soil instinct to defend every inch of our land are tough, know the terrain of the border areas like the back of their palm and are well adapted to the topography, he said.

Mishra also shared his observations during his visit to militancy affected districts of Eastern Arunachal Pradesh with the Army Commander.

He suggested a cautious approach in dealing with local populations in the insurgency affected areas.

Earlier, Lt Pande briefed the governor on the overall scenario of the Indian army’s presence in the state.

He assured the governor of the army’s best efforts for the defense, welfare and wellbeing of the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

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