At a meeting here, Mizoram’s chief secretary informed the OSD, Anil Goswami, that the SRE from the ministry of home affairs excluded Mizoram on the ground that it was a peaceful state.
However, as Mizoram shares long porous borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh and insurgency-hit states in the Northeast, the state is very much in need of the fund like any other state in the region, if not more. “The non-receipt of SRE has hampered security measures in Mizoram,” the chief secretary told Goswami.
In response, officials said, Goswami assured him about taking all steps to include Mizoram in the list of SRE recipients. Intelligence sources said that Mizoram is a route for cross-border trafficking of arms as was evident from a recent haul of 33 AK-47 rifles.
In the important meeting with the visiting Union Home Secretary, Chief Secretary of Mizoram Mrs. L.Tochhawng apprised the latter that as Mizoram shares long boundary line with Myanmar and Bangladesh, its security cannot be neglected, and so due to non-receipt of ‘Security Related Expenditure’ (SRE) from the Home Ministry, security works used to get diluted. Regarding the matters that were apprised to him, Anil Goswami assured to look into the matter immediately.
Amongst the crucial matters discussed in the meeting with OSD Home also includes the fund requirement of 4th & 5th IR Bn., strengthening of police, Bru repatriation and of the ongoing construction of border fencing.
Visiting Anil Goswami also met Mizoram Governor Vakkom Purushothaman at his residence.
Anil told the Governor that he found Mizoram as a beautiful place which can be a tourists’ destination.
Later in the evening, Mizoram Chief Minister Lalthanhawla stressed about Security Related Expenditures (SRE) to the Union Secretary, besides apprising him of the need to construct police quarters.