New Delhi, April 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that sealing of the international border is one of the top priorities of the Centre. PM asserted that he would instruct the Home Ministry to take immediate measures to complete the sealing of the Indo-Bangladesh border to stop influx once and for all.
An official release issued in Guwahati said that it was conveyed by the Prime Minister to Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal on Wednesday. About Sonowal’s plea for sealing the Indo-Bangladesh border, the Prime Minister reportedly pointed out that sealing of the international border is one of the top priorities of the Central Government and that he would instruct the Ministry of Home Affairs to take up the matter on a war footing.
Significantly, The Indian government is reportedly working on a Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) which will be utilized for Indo-Pak and Indo-Bangladesh borders. Also installation of smart fence system along the 3,323-km-long India-Pakistan border will begin soon. This system will lead to a shift from regular border patrolling to quick reaction team pattern.
Four states of India have border connectivity with Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir (1,225 km), Rajasthan (1,037 km), Punjab (553 km) and Gujarat (508 km). The line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir is 740 km long. The government has set a target of completely sealing the India-Pakistan border by December 2018.
Moreover, Chief Minister Sonowal praised the Prime Minister for according top priority to development of Assam and the entire Northeast by ensuring that Union ministers and senior officials of the Government of India pay regular visits to get first-hand assessment of the ground situation and take effective and remedial measures accordingly.
The Chief Minister also apprised the Prime Minister of the allotment of 1,800 bighas of land for the Indian Agricultural Research Institute coming up in Dhemaji district. “We have already allotted 1,800 bighas (of land) for the prestigious institute of national importance. This institute will certainly boost the agrarian economy of Assam in a big way,” he later told newsmen.