Union Home Minister Reviews Indo-Myanmar Border Issues
AIZAWL. During a meeting of Indo- Myanmar Border States at Aizawl, Mizoram at Aizwal June 12, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed IndoMyanmar border issies.
He said that the Government is committed to fast-track development of the North- Eastern region and steady progress in infrastructure development has been made here in various sectors including inter and intra-regional road, rail and air connectivity.
Greater connectivity within the region and with our neighbours is likely to give impetus to enhanced movement of goods, services and people across the border, the Home Minister said. Improved connectivity and relations with Myanmar are opening new opportunities of growth of this region and Indo- Myanmar border region will be playing a much greater role in near future and therefore, the Centre and the States must be adequately prepared for it, he advised.
About the Internal Security perspective, the Home Minister said that although Myanmar border is peaceful and friendly yet it is very sensitive. The Home Minister mentioned that India’s 1,643 kms border with Myanmar, touching four states of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram is unique in many ways. It has a visa- free movement regime for the people living within 16 km on either side of the border. This regime has been in place keeping in view the traditional social relations among the border people. It helps genuine people living in the close proximity of the border. However, it is misused by militants and criminals who smuggle weapons, narcotics, contraband goods and Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN). With fast improving security situation in this region, militants are denied hideouts here and some of them have relocated themselves across the border.
Taking advantage of the freemovement regime occasionally they enter India, commit crimes and escape to their relatively safer hideouts, the Home Minister added.
Appreciating the role of Assam Rifles, the Home Minister said that they are performing their duties with unshakable courage, determination and skills. He urged upon the Chief Ministers to pay special attention to the local issues of border guarding forces to boost their morale and improve their efficiency.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh chairing a review meeting on Indo-Myanmar border issues, in Aizawl, Mizoram. Chief Minister of Mizoram Pu Lalthanhawla, the Chief Minister of Manipur N Biren Singh; Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Pema Khandu and Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju are also seen
The review of Indo-Myanmar Border issues in progress