Meghalaya DGP to be appointed Special Sec. (Internal Security)

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New Delhi, Nov 10 (UNI) Worried over increasing militancy in the North East, the Centre is considering appointing Meghalaya DGP Bijan K Dey Swian as Special Secretary (Internal Security) in the Home Ministry.

Though no official announcement has been made, the 1973 batch IPS officer from Meghalaya cadre is reported to be most likely appointed at the crucial post.

Mr Swain, who is both experienced and successful in dealing with insurgency in the North-East, would replace M L Kumawat who has been promoted as Director General of the Border Security Force and has been holding dual charge since.

He is expected to play a crucial role in monitoring the Intelligence Coordination Group, which the centre wants to set up exclusively for the North-Eastern region.

The recent blasts in Assam, Tripura and other North Eastern states, have forced the centre to focus on the region to curb militancy. It wants an officer who has knowledge of the region to be appointed on the crucial post to curb militancy by improving intelligence, better coordination, border patrolling and fencing.

Keen to break the nexus between HuJI-B and North-Eastern insurgent groups and to secure Bangladesh borders, Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrasekhar had a detailed meeting with Mr Swain, Mr Kumawat and Joint Secretary (North-East) Naveen Varma recently. He wants the new Special Secretary to concentrate on border fencing from day one.


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