Assam, Manipur, Arunachal to initiate joint action to curb illegal trade

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GUWAHATI, July 20: A high level co-ordination meeting among the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur on Saturday called for co-ordination among the states on issues related to excise, finance (taxation), mines and minerals, environment and forest and transport.

The meeting which was held at the conference hall of the office of the chief secretary here, was chaired by Assam chief secretary Alok Kumar and attended by Arunachal Pradesh Chief Secretary Satya Gopal, Manipur chief secretary, Dr. J Suresh Babu through video conference.

Kumar initiated the discussion by talking at length about the high volume of traffic on the main highways of Assam connecting the state with the other neighbouring states, its advantages and disadvantages and stressed on strict execution of rules and laws to regulate the traffic on these highways. He underlined the need of designing a road map for a standardised process to protect revenue of the states, to curb illegal transportation of goods, to check smuggling of cannabis, ganja, and illegal drugs etc. in Assam and the neighbouring states.

Arunachal Pradesh chief secretary Satya Gopal said that the state administration will cooperate with Assam and Manipur in curbing illegal trades of liquor, coal, timber and illegal drugs etc. He also said that a strong cooperation of concerned departments and agencies will check illegal transportation of commodities and movement of illegal goods to a large extent. He underscored the need of introducing latest IT enabled system in departments like excise and transport in Arunachal Pradesh for prompt action when contacted by officials from Assam in these sectors.

He proposed for formation of committees with senior officials from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and other neighbouring states to curb all illegal trades and for better transport and traffic management.

Manipur chief secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu thanked Kumar for this initiative and told that Manipur administration will extend support and cooperation in controlling trade and transport by strictly executing the existing laws. He also added the need to reactivate the inter-state coordination of security system.

The meeting decided on constituting three committees with senior officials of excise, forest & environment and police department from Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and other Northeastern states for joint action in enforcing laws in these sectors. These committees will coordinate to check and curb illegal trades and have in place a better monitored transport system. These inter-state committees will meet at regular intervals for proper execution of their works.

Additional chief secretaries of the state, Rajiv Kr. Bora and Jishnu Barua; ADGP (law and order) Mukesh Agarwal, commissioner and secretary (home and political) Ashutosh Agnihotri, chief conservator of forest (HQ) Anurag Singh; Arunachal Pradesh’ commissioner (home) AK Singh, principal secretary (E & F) Lalram Thanga and PCCF Dr. Rabindra Kumar were also present in the meeting.

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