Implement Sino-India pact, BJP MPs tell PM

Itanagar, Jan 29 | Updated: Jan 30 2008, 05:31am hrs
Two members of Parliament from Arunachal Pradesh on Tuesday urged PM Manmohan Singh to announce implementation of 2003 pact between India and China not to alter the status of populated areas on either side of the line dividing the two countries for arriving at a solution to their border dispute.

In a joint letter to the PM who visits the state for two days from January 31, the two BJP MPs Kiren Rijiju and Tapir Gao also demanded that a resolution is adopted in the Budget session reiterating that every inch of Arunachal would be protected.

The two lawmakers said the people of Arunachal also sought an assurance of status quo in the populated border areas. They also demanded that the traditional trade routes through Kinjomane, Taksingh, Mechuka, Manigong, Geling and Kibitho on the Sino-India border in Arunachal should be reopened by adopting a concrete proposal by the two countries.

Rijiju and Gao said the negative policy of the Centre to isolate the border areas must be changed and demanded that all border points and villages be connected with roads and telecommunication facilities.

A special component in the budgetary provision should be earmarked in the 11th Plan for infrastructure development and a one-time grant should be arranged to complete nearly 1,200 central projects lying half done in the state.