Governors' conference to discuss internal security

Two-day meet to be inaugurated by Kalam

Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: The President, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, will inaugurate a two-day conference of Governors of States on Tuesday at Rashtrapati Bhavan during which discussions on issues related to internal security and border management besides disaster management strategies would be taken up.

The meeting would "discuss important national issues, including internal security, border management and disaster management strategies,'' Union Home Secretary, V. K. Duggal, told reporters here. A discussion on disaster management strategies, which the Home Ministry was working on, would also be held, he said.

The conference, which will see the attendance of Governors from 28 states and Lt Governors from three Union Territories, will also discuss "effective and gainful utilisation of Governors as Chancellors in the governance of universities and elevating the minds of the youth.''

The Conference will also discuss the roadmap of perspective development planning under the Tenth Plan, concept and implications of VAT, effective and gainful utilisation of Governors as Chancellors of universities and development programmes specific to State and union territories.

The Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil, will present an overall national scenario of the last one year.

The Governors' conference will be attended among others by the Vice-President, Bhairon Singh Sekhawat, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and key Central Ministers like Finance and External Affairs Ministers.

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