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Weeks after Home Minister Rajnath Singh directed that the entire Indo-Bangladesh border in Assam be sealed by June 2017, the Centre has set a deadline of March 2017 to complete fencing along the two countries’ border in Tripura.
During his visit to Tripura recently, Secretary, Border Management in Home Ministry, Susheel Kumar held a meeting with senior officials of the state, BSF and construction agencies to review border works and Border Areas Development Programme. “He directed all the agencies to complete the Border Fencing work by March 2017,” a Home Ministry official said.
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Kumar also asked the state government and BSF to resolve issues regarding shifting of border population towards the home side of the fencing amicably and by engaging people.
He said work being executed by National Projects Construction Corporation in Tripura’s eastern part needed to be expedited.
Of the 4,096 km-long border India shares with Bangladesh, 856 km fall in Tripura.
Infiltration and smuggling are major problems for both Assam and Tripura.