Three Northeastern states, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur came together in a bid to curb all illegal activities related to excise, finance (taxation), mines and minerals, environment and forest and transport.
A high-level coordination meeting was organized through video conferencing among Assam’s Chief Secretary, Alok Kumar, Arunachal Pradesh’s Chief Secretary, Satya Gopal and Manipur’s Chief Secretary, J Suresh Babu at the Conference Hall of the Office of the Chief Secretary, Assam on July 20th, 2019.
Addressing the meeting, Assam’s Chief Secretary Kumar highlighted 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.
Kumar added that there is a need to designing a road map for a standardized process to protect the revenue of the states, to curb illegal transportation of goods, to check to smuggling of cannabis, ganja, and illegal drugs, and so on in Assam and the neighbouring states.
“A strong cooperation of concerned departments and agencies will check illegal transportation of commodities and movement of illegal goods to a large extent. We will extend our cooperation to Assam and Manipur in curbing illegal trades of liquor, coal, timber and illegal drugs, etc,” said Gopal, Chief Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh.
Gopal also emphasized on 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 also proposed for the 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.
Chief Secretary of Manipur, Babu assured that Manipur administration will extend support and cooperation in controlling trade and transport by strictly executing the existing laws. He also stressed the need to reactivate the inter-state coordination of the 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 to check and curb illegal trades and have in place a better-monitored transport system. The inter-state committees will meet at regular intervals for the proper execution of their works.
Guwahati | First Published: Jul 21, 2019