Rajnath says govt for effective management of India-Myanmar border

  • PTI, Guwahati
  • Updated: Jul 11, 2015 16:28 IST

Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday the committee constituted to review effective management of the India-Myanmar border was likely to submit its report within the next few days and the government would take action as per its recommendations.

"Of late, India-Myanmar border has become more active as there are reports of insurgents, weapons and drugs crossing the border. I have constituted a committee headed by Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) RN Ravi to suggest measures to effectively manage the Indo-Myanmar border," Singh said.

The committee is expected to submit its report in the next few days and the home ministry would soon take action on that, Singh told a security meeting attended by the chief ministers of all the Northeastern states in Guwahati.

"We must take care of the development along with the security of people living along the international borders. You would be glad to know that under the Border Area Development Programme (BADP), we have enhanced the share of the region from 30% to 40%," Singh said.

He said 240 villages with over two lakh population within 10km of the Indo-Myanmar border were living without any worthwhile security cover.

"They are at the mercy of the insurgents. Similar situation prevails along the India-Bhutan border. While the home ministry is taking measures for effective management of the border, I would urge upon the chief ministers to pay attention to this crucial area of security," Singh said.

He suggested opening and strengthening of police stations in the border areas to instil a sense of security among the people, which is crucial for successful implementation of the Centre's 'Act-East Policy'.

The union minister also urged the chief ministers to provide land for border fencing by acquisition on urgent basis, wherever it was pending.

Singh said the region had a huge stockpile of illegal firearms which were smuggled in from across the border and sold here and beyond.

"Existence of illegal weapons will encourage crimes and vitiate the security eco-system of the region. I would urge the chief ministers to launch sustained drives against illegal weapons and make their respective states free of such arms," he said.

'Insurgency affected criminal justice'

Prolonged insurgency has affected the criminal justice system in northeast with the rate of prosecution of criminals just five per cent in some states in the region as compared to the national figure of over 85%, Singh said.

"...Now the time has come when apart from insurgency-centric security, we must think, plan and deliver on people-centric security," he told a security meeting of all northeast CMs .

"The people of the region have suffered the trauma of insurgency for long. Now they must reap the dividend of peace. Insurgency has adversely impacted the criminal justice system," he said.

He also favoured reduction in deployment of central forces in the northeast in view of the improved security scenario in the region.

"In the wake of improvement in security scenario, there is a need to review deployment of security forces in the region. At present the deployment is more than it was when the insurgency was at its peak," he said.

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