Imphal, Dec 5
Think tank from across the country particularly the high ranking highly decorated retired officers from the Indian Army, Assam Rifles and the civil administrators today rolled heads over the security paradigm in the North East region in a seminar organised at City Convention here in Imphal. The seminar organised under the theme “Changing Security Paradigm in North East - Implications & Imperatives” by the Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ Director General, Assam Rifles was inaugurated by the governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Najma Heptulla stressed on the relevance of the seminar with the present day context.
“Though the NSCN (IM) is under cease fire with the Government of India, they are still actively involved in extortion and other criminal activities in Manipur. Likewise, the UG outfits belonging to Kuki, Hmar, Paite and other tribes, which have entered into Suspension of Operation (SoO) are also found involved in incidents of extortions. Cases of extortion have also been reported against the valley-based UG outfits which have entered into a MoU with the Government”, the governor of Manipur Dr. Najma Heptulla said.
The governor also mentioned about the series of incidents that disturbed social harmony, robbing of peace of the society even on trivial matters or disputes, violence - both localized and even widespread on account of communal differences and so on.
“Loot, extortion, arson, destruction of properties, subversive activities committed by various unknown miscreants and loss of human lives are well-known consequences of such happenings and the Peace loving citizens of the society not only feel concerned about it, but are also worried”, Dr. Najma Heptulla said adding that the seminar will be helpful in critical analysis of changing security paradigm in North East India, identify implications and imperatives and establish a vision for overall growth and development of the region.
Resource persons from CENERS –K , a Research Centre for Eastern and North Eastern Regional Studies, Kolkata, DoNERs and MHA spoke about the present security scenario and other aspect of political and social importance, during the seminar held in two sessions.
The first session discussed about the North East Region Security Environment & Challenges and was deliberated by panelists - Retd. Lt. General JR Mukherjee , Retd. LLt. General AK Sahni, Retd. Secy of RAW and IB KC Verma , IPS among others.
The second session deliberated on the Act East Policy 2 and Border Management with Retd. Lt. General KJ Singh giving opening remark on the importance and the need for the Auspicious Act East Policy.
The Indo – Myanmar relationship at the border at which an Indian family whose bedroom is in the Indian side and the kitchen on the Myanmar territory m which explain the vicinity of the two countries was expressed as a rare of the rarest phenomenon seen in the entire globe said panelist Retd. Lt. Gen. JR Mukherjee.
Retd. Secy of RAW and IB KC Verma in his speech said that multiple issues flooded the North East states and said that he is not sure of the unpredictable situation that may arises due to the NRC and CAB in NE states. The issues about the NSCN-IM and its settlement is also discussed in depth with a panelist saying that the word Naga is a new invention and is still not accepted by the original Naga thereby creating multi problem towards the road to peace.
The two session also elaborated on the external interference. China’s aggressive character, Myanmar uncertain political situation , Bangladesh’s inability to sustain economy among others were discussed.
On the other hand Secretary of DoNER Ministry while speaking on the occasion said that there has been mistrust among the people towards the government of India. He said that fund sanction for development had not been implemented properly and has not been reached to the people of the land.
ADGM of the M&C) Ministry of Home Affairs , Vasudha Gupta talk on the role of media.
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