Jaipur, Sept 11: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Thursday lauded the Army for providing assistance during natural calamities and saving lives and property in the state.
Addressing a civil-military liaison conference here, Raje said that the state government has always been responsive to the needs of the Army and assured that her government will continue to work with the forces in furthering infrastructure and welfare.
In the Conference held at South Western Command Headquarter, various issues of mutual concern including issues in which the state government sought cooperation from the Army, were discussed.
Raje said armed forces have special capabilities in disaster response and called upon the Army to help in conducting regular drills and exercises with civilian police, civil defence and fire brigade personnels to make the disaster response of state government more effective, according to a release.
Raje said that the State Government was making all efforts for the conservation of the Great Indian Bustard, an endangered species whose last bastion is Thar Desert in the state and requested cooperation of the army in evolving a joint monitoring mechanism between army and the forest department for the conservation the species.
South Western Army Commander Lt Gen Arun Kumar Sahni assured continued support from Army to civil administration in the development of the state.
Meanwhile, the chief minister also discussed prospects of development and expansion of public sector enterprises in the state with Union Minister Anant Geete here on Thursday.
Raje in a meeting with the minister discussed issues related to Sambhar Salt Ltd and Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. The minister gave assurance for cooperation with the state government, a release said.