Centre announces 54 new border outposts, Rs 175-crore infra package
NOIDA: Unfazed by China’s objections to development of
border areas, the Union government on Friday announced setting up of 54 new
border outposts and a Rs 175 crore package for beefing up the infrastructure
along the border in Arunachal Pradesh.
The announcement was made by Union Home Minister
Rajnath Singh even as he made it clear that India wanted to solve the border
dispute with China through dialogue, asserting “peace with honour” was most
important requirement for building good friendly relations with that country
and other neighbours.
“Today when I talk about the border, be it with
Pakistan or China, I feel pained and anguished over reports of ceasefire
violations by Pakistan or incursions by Chinese troops,” he said at the 53rd
raising day function of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) here, which
guards the 3,488 km long border from Ladakh to Arunachal Pradesh.
“Humlog shanti chahte hai samman ki saath. Asamman ke
saath shanti nahi ho sakti (We want peace with honour. Peace cannot come at the
cost of honour,” he said, referring to the recent border row with China. “Pride
is the ultimate accomplishment of a human being, of mine and yours,” he added.
On development of areas bordering China, the Home
Minister said the Government has started working on a plan for setting up of 54
border outposts (BoPs) for ITBP and also a Rs 175 crore package for building
infrastructure along the border in Arunachal Pradesh.
All these posts will be set up in Arunachal Pradesh where
there were large gaps at the Line of Actual Control(LAC).
China has been objecting to any development of
infrastructure along the LAC and setting up of border outposts leading to
instances of stand-offs with India including during the visit of Chinese
President Xi Jinping to this country in September this year.
Singh also referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi
making it clear that India wants to maintain peaceful relations with all its
neighbouring countries. "Our Prime Minister has told the Chinese President
that if there is a dispute we should talk," he said.
“India wants to keep friendly relations with our
neighbours whether it is China or Pakistan. We believe in the philosophy of
'Vasudaiva Kutumbakam' which means the world is one family and India has told
the world about it,” he added.
Singh also said the Government was looking into the
demand for a dedicated air support for the ITBP personnel.
When asked by newsmen to comment on reports that China
was building an airfield and deploying radars close to the LAC, the Home
Minister declined to get into any specifics beyond saying, "all issues
regarding border dispute should be resolved through dialogue."
Referring to Pakistan in his address, the Home
Minister said the neighbouring country should stop firing on border posts and
civilian areas and noted that Pakistan had fired upon the civilian areas along
the border in Jammu and Kashmir just a day before Diwali.
“Pakistan fired on civilians even on the eve of Diwali
festival and they did not even spare our festival. Pakistan should be wary of
this. I want to tell Pakistan to stop this continuous violation of ceasefire,”
The Home Minister said Pakistan should know that
Indian forces guarding the border and armed forces possess the "capability
to give a befitting reply" for these misadventures.
Singh also disapproved of Pakistan's recent move of
approaching the UN to internationalise the Kashmir issue and seeking the world
body's intervention, saying all issues can be resolved through bilateral talks.
He said the government will ensure India's territorial
integrity and will not compromise with the
During his media interaction, the Home Minister said
India never indulges in the violation of ceasefire and that it always believes
“Firing has happened (along the Pakistan border) in
the last two days as well and ceasefire violation is always from their
(Pakistan) side,” he said.
Lauding the role of ITBP in guarding the country's
border in high altitude areas, Singh said the government will provide all help
for the welfare of the force and its personnel.