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It’s official: Centre to completely seal India-Myanmar border

First Published: 6th February, 2024 20:58 IST

The development has been confirmed by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in a post on X

Union Home Minister Amit Shah today made it official that the Centre will completely fence the porous India, Myanmar border. In a post on X, the Union Home Minister confirmed about the development.

In his post the Union Home Minister wrote, “The Modi government is committed to building impenetrable borders. It has decided to construct a fence along the entire 1643-kilometer-long Indo-Myanmar border. To facilitate better surveillance, a patrol track along the border will also be paved.

Out of the total border length, a 10 km stretch in Moreh, Manipur, has already been fenced. Furthermore, two pilot projects of fencing through a Hybrid Surveillance System (HSS) are under execution. They will fence a stretch of 1 km each in Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. Additionally, fence works covering approx 20 km in Manipur have also been approved, and the work will start soon.”

Arunachal CM Pema Khandu welcomed the Centre’s decision to secure the nation’s borders. In a post on X he wrote, “A great move in the right direction to make our borders foolproof. Gratitude to Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji and Hon’ble Home Minister Shri @AmitShah ji to fence our borders along Myanmar. A state-of-the-art surveillance will check the movement of unscrupulous elements.”

On January 20, Amit Shah had mentioned about the Centre’s decision during an event in Guwahati and said, “Shah, highlighting the strategic importance of Northeast and the government’s decision to seal the border with Myanmar said, “I want to tell my friends of Assam that the unfenced border with Myanmar, the Narendra Modi government has made a decision that we will secure the border with fencing and will look forward to completely seal the border just like it has been done in case of the border with Bangladesh. The Centre is also relooking into the Free Movement Regime (FMR) with Myanmar. The government is going to close this FMR.”

Officials, privy to the development, had earlier indicated that the Central government is mulling to terminate the Free Movement Regime (FMR) with Myanmar in an effort to curb the influx of illegal migrants and insurgents.

The 1,643-km-long India-Myanmar border, spanning Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, and Arunachal Pradesh, currently operates under the FMR, which permits individuals living near the India-Myanmar border to travel 16 km into each other’s territories without a visa.

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