Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday addressed the situation in the North-Eastern states of the country and said that he was happy to note that the situation had significantly improved, especially in the last 3 years. He assured that the Narendra Modi-led NDA government was committed to fast track development of the North East. He also spoke about militancy in the region and said that Visa-Free Movement Regime was being misused by terrorists and trans-border criminals who smuggled weapons, narcotics and fake currency notes.
The Home Minister was quoted by ANI saying that the North Eastern region of the country had been suffering from a developmental deficit due to prolonged insurgencies. Speaking further about the Indo-Myanmar border issues, he said that the Home Ministry will be constituting a Special Secretary-Internal Security headed committee to examine the presiding rules adopted by the border states for the implementation of the FMR.
Making opening remarks at the Indo-Myanmar border meeting, that was attended by CMs of the 4 northeastern states in Aizawal, Rajnath Singh said, “Our government is committed to fast-tracking of development in the North-eastern region. Work on road and rail network extension is going on. We want to extend these networks to border areas”. Indian Express also quoted him saying, “The India-Myanmar border is unique in many ways. It has a visa-free movement regime for the people living within 16 km on either side. Four states that share international boundary with Myanmar have received Rs 567.39 crore under the Border Area Development programme in the past three years”.
He said that Special Secretary-Internal Security will be submitting the reports in 3 months after consultation with the states and other stakeholders. Home Minister Singh also informed the media that the said committee will be giving recommendations for uniform and effective implementation of the Free Movement Regime. he was of the opinion that there was a need for the strengthening and up gradation of the police infrastructure in all the states bordering Myanmar.