July 11, 2015 5:33:00 pm
A large number of people who live along the international borders in the Northeastern region are without any worthwhile security and are at the mercy of the insurgents, union home minister Rajnath Singh said here on Saturday.
Speaking at the meeting of chief ministers of the Northeastern region, Singh said there were over two lakh people who live in 240 villages within 10 kms of the India-Myanmar border alone.
“This large population is without any worthwhile security cover. They are at the mercy of the insurgents,” he said.
Expressing concern over the India-Myanmar border becoming “more active” as there were reports of insurgents, weapons and drugs crossing this border, the home minister said a committee has been constituted to review how to effectively manage the India-Myanmar border.
The committee, headed by Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) chief RN Ravi, will submit its report in the next few days, he informed.
Pointing out that the situation was no better in villages along the India-Bangladesh and India-Bhutan borders, the home minister said there was an urgent need to tighten vigil along the India-Bangladesh border.
“Similar situation prevails along the India-Bhutan border too,” Singh said.
Calling for adoption of people-centric security rather than an insurgency-centric security, the home minister there was an urgent need to take care of development along with security of the people living along the international borders where hundreds of villages exist.
“While the home ministry is taking measures for effective management of the borders, I would urge upon the chief ministers to pay attention to this crucial area of security,” he said, asking the chief ministers to open and strengthen police stations in the border areas to reinforce a sense of security among the population.
India shares 1643 kms of border with Myanmar, all of which is in the Northeastern region.
Altogether four states in the Northeast share international border with Myanmar, these being– Arunachal Pradesh (520 kms), Nagaland (215), Manipur (398) and Mizoram (510).
Likewise, of the 4096.7 kms of international border that India shares with Bangladesh, the state-wise break-up is- West Bengal (2216.7 Km), Assam (263 Km), Meghalaya (443 Km), Tripura (856 Km) and Mizoram (318 Km).
Bhutan on the other hand shares 699 kms of border with India, the state-wise break-up being- Assam (267), Arunachal Pradesh (217), West Bengal (183) and Sikkim (32).
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