Himachal has asked for security infrastructure in districts bordering China
SHIMLA: Chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today asked the centre to strengthen the security infrastructure in the tribal Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts of Himachal Pradesh, bordering China, keeping in view the recent development of civil and military infrastructure along the Tibet border by the Chinese and suggested setting up of requisite infrastructure for speedy and reliable connectivity upto the border areas.
Speaking at the chief ministers’ conference on internal security in New Delhi, he said that the state government would be setting up a Tibetan Refugee unit in the state intelligence department at Shimla and a Tibetan Refugee cell in Dharamshala in kangra district in consultation with the union ministry of home affairs and ministry of external affairs to effectively monitor the activities of over 27,500 Tibetan refugees living in the state.
Requesting the Govt of India for fully reimbursing the expenditure being incurred on the Dalai Lama and the 17th Karmapa by the state government, he said that currently only a small percentage of the expenditure was being reimbursed by the ministry of external affairs in case of the Dalai Lama, while the entire expenditure on the security of the Karmapa was being borne by the state government.
The chief minister stressed on the need for strengthening the police establishments mainly in the tribal Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts bordering China and for increasing the Border Area Development programme in the state, besides construction of a broad gauge railway line connecting Manali to Leh to improve the movement of men and machinery to the strategically important border area of Ladakh.