Sustained efforts and commitment at all levels mandatory for safety and security of the border areas – Banwarilal Purohit
Amritsar: Governor Punjab Shri Banwarilal Purohit held a series of meetings today to take stock of the important issues concerning the border districts of Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Amritsar and Tarn Taran which impact national security.
This meeting was attended by senior officers of central government agencies including the BSF, Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics Control Bureau, National Investigation Agency, Military Intelligence of the Army and the senior officers of the State Government, Deputy Commissioner and SSP.
Major issues of the border district impacting national security were taken up and detailed discussions were held with all the agencies.
Earlier, the Governor addressed a meeting with sarpanches and other prominent citizens of the Amritsar and Tarn Taran Districts, followed by a press conference.
The Governor in his address called upon the people to be eyes and ears of border security forces. He said that the past incidents of air-dropping of arms and ammunition into Punjab Borders have necessitated all concerned to be on vigil. He said that the security forces are doing their part but the local input and support can go a long way in checking the influx of contraband weapons and drugs into the State.
He said that the border districts are vulnerable to the menace of contraband arms smuggling. Therefore, it is mandatory that in the interest of the safety and security of the State and the country, people should extent whole hearted support to the Border Security Forces and the State Police and report any suspicious activity or person in their area. He also appealed to the people to cooperate with the local authorities to stop drug trafficking in the area.
The injection of drugs into the state is no less than an act of war; it is a lethal assault against the people of Punjab.
The Governor said that the drugs entering from borders percolates into the cities, towns, schools and colleges. Supply of drugs to youth is a direct assault on our posterity, our future. We cannot let this menace hurt our State’s present or mar its future.
We need to join hands and seal our border against all sorts of infiltration, vociferously asserted the Governor. The security and safety of the border areas can only be ensured with concerted and sustained cooperation of the people, state government agencies and central government agencies at all levels.
Banwarilal Purohit said that “ Checking illicit flows requires efforts and commitment of all concerned”.
The thrust in Governor’s Address was also on the fact that all the agencies, Center and State should work together in tandem with regular exchange of intel and inputs. This he said needs to be complemented by support from public and added that ‘Joint efforts and determination to secure the border’ will definitely yield rich dividend.
He also motivated the security forces and applauded their commitment and valor in guarding the borders. Principal secretary to Governor JM Balamurugan, Principal Secretary Social justice and Empowerment Ramesh Kumar Ganta, Principal Secretary Planning Raj Kamal Chaudhary, Commissioner Jalandhar Division VK Meena, DC Harpreet Singh Sudan also present in the meeting.