In a first, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday met with seven chief ministers of the northeastern states and Sikkim during the annual meeting of police chiefs after addressing the conference.
During Modi’s address to the conference six CMs of the northeastern states, the Manipur CM didn’t come as the PM was slated to fly to state capital Imphal in the afternoon, and the Sikkim CM sat on the dais. Later he had two closed door sessions with the all the police chiefs first and then with the northeastern CMs and their police chiefs.
The session immediately after Modi’s address was focused on the northeast region and finding a better security environment for it.
“The PM said this is just the beginning and he wants to listen their views. The chief ministers one by one raised their issues. Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi spoke about pours borders and threat posed by terror operatives. Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma talked about lack of connectivity in the region.
The Prime Minister remained there for two hours and most of the time he just listened,” said a participant in the meeting.
The Prime Minister then told the CMs that they should find three or four common issues. They brainstorm on them and then have a follow up meeting in three months, added the participant.
“The PM said if they identify three to four issues, by the end of year, it would be possible to find solution of at least two of them. The Prime Minister also suggested that all states should recruit police personnel from other states,” said an official present during the deliberations.