Aizawl, June 12: The Southeast Asian nation Myanmar is an important neighbor of India. The two countries share 1,624-kilometer long border. North-eastern states of India- Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram, and Manipur share indo-Myanmar Border. Many issues like the trafficking of arms and high-quality heroin, intruder, smuggling have been dominating the border region. the present BJP government has taken many steps to prevent these problems.To review the security and development related issues with CMs of North Eastern states bordering Myanmar, home minister Rajnath Singh has today arrived in Aizwal, the capital of Mizoram.
Former Lt. General Nirbhay Sharma and present Governor of Mizoram welcomed Rajnath Singh. He is on a two-day visit to discuss the issue. He chaired review meeting of Indo- Myanmar border issues in Aizawl. North-east India is always famous for its natural and cultural diversity. Regarding that diversity, home minister commented,“ India's North-East is immensely rich in human and natural resources. Its ethnic & linguistic diversities enrich India's cultural heritage.” He has told the government is very keen to see a fast track development of North East.
India-Myanmar border issues are slightly different than other border issues. Within 16 km of both side of the border, the local citizens are allowed to have a visa-free travel. Assam Rifles is embodied with the duty to take care of indo-Myanmar border. The home minister has praised their act of courage and determination to fulfill the duty.
The states bordering Myanmar have received Rs 567.39 crores during the last 3 years. The four states have received the fund under BAPD scheme. Good network for border areas is mandatory for development. Works on road and rail network extension are under process. He called for innovative suggestions to draw a roadmap for development along the indo-Myanmar border.