Centre committed to fast-track development in NE: Rajnath

The worldwide border with Myanmar is considered to be porous with cross-border movement of insurgents and smuggling of arms and ammunition is common there.

Rajnath Singh praised the Assam Rifles, which guards the 1643 km long Indo-Myanmar border and said that, Assam Rifles is performing its duty with courage and determination.

"The meeting discussed the status of border infrastructure along the India-Myanmar border and implementation of the Border Area Development Programme projects", a Mizoram Home Department official said.

Khandu, who was speaking at a review meeting at Aizawal to discuss India-Myanmar border issues, apprised Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was at the chair, about an MoU signed in 2012 between India and Myanmar for establishment of border haats along the Indo-Myanmar border to facilitate trade.

He also thanked Union home minister for his continued focus and vision towards the development of States situated along the global borders.

"People of different religion are living peacefully in Mizoram, with a majority of them Christians".

"It helps genuine people but is misused by militants and criminals to smuggle in weapons, narcotics, contraband goods, and Fake Indian Currency Notes".

The global border with Mynamar is considered to be porous with cross-border movement of insurgents and smuggling of arms and ammunition common there.

"The committee will submit report in three-months after consulting the states and other stakeholders", he added.

The Minister directed that whatever construction work is required near the border, may be done, leaving "No Construction Zone", and solicited cooperation of the Chief Ministers and local population for joint survey of border pillars on the India-Myanmar boundary.

Mentioning that there are over 240 villages with over 2.5 Lac people within 10 Km of the Indo-Myanmar border, Rajnath urged upon the Chief Ministers to bring these areas under active policing by opening police stations and police posts for re-assuring the people and also to prevent illegal cross-border activities.

The meet was attended by Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, besides Pema Khandu, N Biren Singh and Lal Thanhawla, chief ministers of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Mizoram respectively, and Nagaland Home Minister Yanthungo Patton. The chief secretaries, directors general of police (DGPs) of the states, director general of the Assam Rifles and senior officials from the central ministries concerned were also present at the meeting.

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