Our target to seal India-Pakistan border by 2018: Rajnath Singh

“Effective monitoring is essential” if the government wants to achieve the target of sealing the border by 2018-end, said Singh.

By: Express News Service | Jaipur | Updated: October 8, 2016 8:04 am
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The government has set a target of completely sealing the India-Pakistan border by December 2018, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday after chairing a high-level meeting of top ministers and officials from Rajasthan, Punjab, Gujarat, and Jammu and Kashmir.

“This meeting was called as the Home Ministry has set a target of sealing the Indo-Pak border by December 2018,” said Singh, adding that a time-bound action plan has been prepared.

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“When we implement this action plan, it will be properly monitored periodically — monthly and quarterly — so that we are able to reach this target in time. As per the framework we have prepared, it will be monitored at the levels of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Border Security Force (BSF) and at the chief secretary-level in states,” he said.

“Effective monitoring is essential” if the government wants to achieve the target of sealing the border by 2018-end, said Singh.

Read | Rajnath Singh to chair meeting with states bordering Pak, to meet top BSF officials

“There is a new concept regarding border security… Border Security Grid. For this, we have taken suggestions from all stakeholders. In this meeting, all have given their suggestions. On that basis, we will give a final shape to the Border Security Grid and guidelines will be issued to the states.”

According to the government, out of the 2,289.66 km of the India-Pakistan border under the control of MHA, 2,034.96 km has been covered by physical barriers, including fencing. The remaining 254.8 km will be covered by “physical and non-physical barriers shortly”.

As for stretches of riverine, low-lying and marshy areas, where the construction of physical barriers is not feasible, it is proposed to deploy “technology solutions”, including cameras, sensors, radars, lasers, etc.

The Line of Control (LoC) is under the operational control of the Ministry of Defence.

Singh asked the MHA, BSF and participating states for faster implementation of infrastructure projects, effective monitoring, intelligence-sharing and inter-agency cooperation “in view of the prevailing security scenario in the country”.

During the meeting, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje raised issues regarding modernisation of the police force, security in the hinterland and the “peculiar problems” of sparsely populated desert areas with shifting sand dunes.

Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal drew attention to the problems of farmers having land across the border, and the smuggling of arms and drugs from Pakistan.

Gujarat’s Minister of State for Home Affairs Pradeep Sinh B Jadeja said that in the marshy areas of the Rann of Kutch, where fencing is not possible, there is a need for improvement in the construction of roads and use of technology for surveillance.

The Union Home Minister said he had instructed state governments that “whenever the BSF brings up a complaint, it should be lodged and properly investigated, a chargesheet filed and the guilty punished”.

Assuring the nation with regards to security, Singh said, “Desh ki suraksha ko kisi bhi surat me aanch nahi aane payegi, yeh main aapko yakeen dilana chahta hun. (I want to assure that the nation’s security will not come under any harm). Like a farmer protects his crop, in the same way a jawan protects the nation.”

Also present at the meeting were: Union MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju; Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria; Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, MHA’s Secretary (Border Management) Susheel Kumar; BSF D-G K K Sharma; and, chief secretaries and DGPs of the border states, apart from senior officers of the MHA and BSF.

On a different note, Singh declined to comment on Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s remarks that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was doing “dalali” (cashing in) on the sacrifice of India’s soldiers in connection with the surgical strikes by the Army along the LoC.

“Jab desh ke samaksh koi badi chunauti ho, toh samast deshwasiyon ko ekjut hokar uska mukabla karna chahiye (Whenever the nation is facing a challenge, all countrymen should stand united and face it together). People working in any field must show restraint at time of escalated tensions,” said Singh.

“There is no doubt that India-Pakistan tension has increased, and in such a situation, all countrymen should unite and have faith and believe in what the jawans are doing, and stand by them,” he said.

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    Ikok
    Oct 8, 2016 at 5:02 am
    Its now high time to buy the Israeli radar. see how is made creating a need and presenting a solution ..
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      Ikok
      Oct 8, 2016 at 5:04 am
      Pooe Indians will be spending their savings on waste... Get a plebicite that is only solution .. building fences and walls is self ISOLATION
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        indian
        Oct 8, 2016 at 1:22 am
        About time! Glad this government is working towards securing our borders
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          Satendra kumar
          Oct 8, 2016 at 2:08 am
          The central government and all states target of sealing all International borders with stan high voltage nuclear thermo laser beam fence a great priority for Indians.target 2018 !
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            abdul
            Oct 8, 2016 at 5:20 am
            . lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; India is going to be world power like China, Russia and America. So to ensure that we need to protect our boarders or else Government loss all it's time to fight against extremism/terror across the boarder. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt; Once it happens successfully we can reduce military presence in those areas that will be a boosting factor in our economy and instead of wasting money that amount to be used for air force capability. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;stan has noting to loss. They are ready for a fight any time . Because no dreams,Planning, calculated moving not seen in other side for their growth. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Nice decision. If it implemented if could eliminate or reduce infiltrator in high numbers
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              avi
              Oct 8, 2016 at 2:59 am
              Sealing all borders with Israeli help should be a priority. At the same time nationalistic Indians should also boycott goods from Porkistan and China this economic pressure will hit them where it hurts the most.
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                DD
                Oct 8, 2016 at 7:18 am
                stan will be divided into 4 pieces.lt;br/gt;insha allah.lt;br/gt;....�lt;br/gt;allah ki yahi marzi hai hai..lt;br/gt;Ameen..lt;br/gt;''
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                  DD
                  Oct 8, 2016 at 2:19 am
                  stan will be divided into 4 pieces.lt;br/gt;insha allah.lt;br/gt;....�lt;br/gt;allah ki yahi marzi hai hai..lt;br/gt;Ameen..lt;br/gt;''''''''
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                    Indian_Abroad
                    Oct 8, 2016 at 2:46 am
                    Govt can build fences - physical, electric, laser.......lt;br/gt;Cannot help until BSF becomes more efficient and corruption free.lt;br/gt;Drugs and people are freely crossing over without much resistance.lt;br/gt;Also lapses in security of Army capms in Pathankot and Uri are more worryinglt;br/gt;.
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                      Mayur Panghaal
                      Oct 8, 2016 at 2:31 am
                      First seal am border which feku promised..
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                        premnazir
                        Oct 8, 2016 at 2:23 am
                        Infiltration and sending trained terrorists has been the strategy of our hate-spitting neighbour after it lost all wars. To reduce casualties, the sealing of the current border as planned is a great idea. All technical solutions should be considered and foreign technology firms should be consulted as required. Not only this, all cricket or other games with stan should be stopped permanently. There is no point is playing with a ruthless country who sends terrorists to kill our soldiers or countrymen. All trade should be stopped. The atrocities in their territories such as PoK, Baluchistan should be exposed internationally and they should be isolated as a pariah nation. This should continue till they behave themselves for another 20 years. Also, our politicians should stop from unnecessary verbal attacks internally.
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                          Col Rohitash
                          Oct 8, 2016 at 5:56 am
                          India has advanced satellite technology, it should be used to detect intrusion in difficult areas. Terrorists can cross LOC but they should be lured to easy routes, tracked and killed inside our territory. In own territory we can lay mines and booby trap the likely routes or even get them by drones, US in 1950,s planned radio active wall across the Korean border. India can as well use radio active wall across Rivers where physical obstacles can not be created.
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                            Ram Perma
                            Oct 8, 2016 at 1:41 am
                            Yes it is a must with internal electrical wiring.
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                              Vedic_Citizen
                              Oct 8, 2016 at 2:53 am
                              Need to seal Bangla border too.We understand that we have 200 KM riverine border with Bangla. Let us take help from our MFN Israel
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                                browneyes
                                Oct 8, 2016 at 8:33 am
                                Free Balochistan and Sindhudesh. Return Gilgit Baltistan and all areas of Kashmir, which are Indian territory, to India. And then build a thick wall on your side too. Let's not talk for a century or so because we basically do not get along.
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                                  browneyes
                                  Oct 8, 2016 at 8:31 am
                                  This is a great idea and has near-universal support in India. Build a wall and build it thick. Also, it is a good idea to suspend travel and trade too. Neither side wants to deal with the other anyway and the two countries have diverged so much in their ethos and mindset. We no longer have anything in common, really. Looking back, Mumbai was when Indians completely and permanently changed their minds about stan. It ended any desire Indians had to engage with them. In retrospect, Parion was the best idea ever.
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                                    browneyes
                                    Oct 8, 2016 at 8:34 am
                                    What the heck are you carrying on about? If India wants it, it will buy it. What seems to be your issue?
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                                      YoMum
                                      Oct 8, 2016 at 6:12 am
                                      I don't get what you mean by isolation, if so Its better to be isolated than encountering with ackbars puppets.
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                                        mustafa
                                        Oct 8, 2016 at 7:09 pm
                                        all the bjp target dates revolve around election dates .... isnt that amazing coincidence or a miracle ????
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                                          mustafa
                                          Oct 8, 2016 at 7:13 pm
                                          check the amount of purchases all the indian corporates have bought from china ???
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