Aizawl, June 13: India-Myanmar border is unique in its nature. The citizens from 16 km of both the side are allowed for visa-free travel. Hence the security of this border area should be treated differently. Yesterday home Minister Rajnath Singh reached Aizawl to review the security and development related issues with the Chief Ministers of North Eastern states bordering Myanmar. Pema Khandu, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister emphasized the need to encourage Indo-Myanmar trade.
Tirap, Changlang , and Longing (TCL) districts need an integrated development. Entrepreneurship and Employability can resist local people from deviating to illegal works. The areas cite illegal opium production and trade by a significant number of populations. With the two-pronged approach, this problem can be solved. Skill development centers and de-addiction centers can be opened.
Cash crop production of TCL areas is good. If offices of, Spice Board of India and Krishi Vigyan Kendra are opened here that would also help the local economy.
Migration is also a problem in the indo-Myanmar border. Khandu asked for central assistance to resist the problem. The modernization of the police force has also been discussed in the meeting.
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.