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Pak, Bangla borders to be sealed: Rajnath

Aiming to resolve the problem of terrorism and refugees, the government has decided to seal the international boundaries with neighbouring countries Pakistan and Bangladesh. The decision to shut the international borders has been taken by the government and is India's major step against terrorism.

"India is planning to seal the international boundaries with Pakistan and Bangladesh as soon as possible. This could be India's major step against terrorism and the problem of refugees," Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday.

While assuring that the border with Pakistan would be sealed by 2018, Singh said, "The Centre has chalked a new roadmap to strengthen our border security. The decision has been taken in the wake of an increase in infiltration attempts."

"The project will be periodically monitored by the Home Secretary at the Central level, the BSF from the security forces' perspective and the chief secretaries at the state-level," Singh said while addressing the passing out parade of Border Security Force Assistant Commandants at the BSF Academy in Madhya Pradesh's Tekanpur area.

Adding further, the Home Minister said that the government would apply technological solutions for sealing the border in difficult terrains. Lauding the BSF personnel, the home minister stated that the force has changed the rules of engagement at international borders which have made it a known entity in the neighbouring countries.

"The BSF has changed the rules of engagement at the international borders. Now, the BSF is a known entity even in neighbouring countries," Singh noted, adding that the government is also planning an effective grievances redressal mechanism in the forces that will be implemented soon.

"We are planning an effective grievances redressal mechanism in the forces. The forces are coming forward with such mechanism," Singh said. Recently, the government has completed fencing of the border with Pakistan in Gujarat. "The government has sanctioned 340 km length of fence along India-Pakistan border in Gujarat, out of which 280 km fence has been completed," Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju had said in the Parliament.

"The remaining168 km stretch is to be covered through non-physical barriers, ie technological solutions, as the site conditions were not found feasible for construction of fence due to marshy and water logged area," Rijiju had said.

The government has also sanctioned a pilot project for deployment of technological solutions in different terrains, starting with Jammu.
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