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Securing border is top priority: Antony

Arunachal shares over 1,680 km of international boundary with three countries,of which 1,080 km is with China

Written by Express News Service | Itanagar |
February 21, 2012 12:42:23 am

As Arunachal Pradesh completed 25 years of attaining statehood,amid repeated claims over it by China,Defence Minister A K Antony said making the international border of the state secure and non-porous was “topmost priority” and called for speeding up infrastructure development projects.

“The importance of a secure,non-porous international border must continue to be the topmost priority,” Antony,who graced the official Statehood Day function here on Monday,said,without,even for once,mentioning China. “It is our collective duty to ensure that our border areas are as developed as any other part of the country. Proposals by the state government to provide connectivity and other infrastructure facilities to these areas will be definitely given a serious consideration (by the Centre),” Antony said.

Arunachal shares over 1,680 km of international boundary with three countries,of which 1,080 km is with China. Antony’s assurances came at a time when there have been reports of Chinese intrusion in several districts of the state — the most recent one being in Chaglagam sector in Anjaw.

Anjaw zilla parishad chairperson B Tega had gone on record saying the Chinese army often intruded into the area and put up their signs and symbols on rocks,trees. Both CM Nabam Tuki and Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh focused on developing the border areas.

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