Expert panel constituted to examine rules on movement of people near Indo-Myanmar border

  • The Centre today set up an expert committee to examine the rules which allow free movement of Indian and Myanmarese citizens within 16 kms of the border.

Why?

  • The border was exploited by militants for smuggling arms, drugs, and fake Indian currency.
  • For  improving security situation in this region.
  • The international border with Myanmar is considered to be porous with cross-border movement of insurgents and smuggling of arms and ammunition common.

Features of the border and rule

  • India’s 1,643-km border with Myanmar which touches four states Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram.
  • It is unique in many ways as it has a visa-free movement regime for people living within 16 kms on either side of the border.
  • They can stay for 72 hours on either side with valid permit.

Meeting was attended by

  • Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju besides Pema Khandu, N Biren Singh and Lal Thanhawla, the chief ministers of Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Mizoram, respectively, and Nagaland Home Minister Yanthungo Patton.
  • The chief secretaries, directors general of police (DGPs) of the states, director general of the Assam Rifles and senior officials from the central ministries concerned were also present at the meeting.

Purpose of the meeting

  • The committee will give its report for uniform and effective implementation of free movement regime within three months.
  • It will prepare standard operating procedures common for all the four states so that militants, criminals and contraband are filtered at the border without causing inconvenience to genuine people.

 

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