Union Home Min­is­ter Re­views Indo-Myan­mar Bor­der Is­sues

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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

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