June 4th, 2016
India has a history of paranoia regarding the issue of illegal immigration of Bangladeshis. For decades, it has resulted in the creation of vested political interest and divide among people. However, it seems now the Government of India has seriously taken the issue into consideration.
On Thursday, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh ordered that entire border with Bangladesh in Assam be sealed. According to Ministry of Home Affairs, at present a 223.7-kilometre fence has been constructed to seal the Indo-Bangladesh Border, reported Economic Times. But there are 122 locations stretching across 60.7 kilometres without any physical border.
The government has ordered to seal the border by June 2017. Such a decision comes days after the newly elected Chief Minister of Assam, Sarbananda Sonowal said that the borders with the eastern neighbour will be sealed in order to put an end to infiltration.
So an area of 11.9 kilometres comprising 100 locations will have a physical barrier while the rest of the 22 locations covering 48.8 kilometres are riverine areas and those areas will have non-physical barriers including technological barriers. This will be able to completely seal the border said a spokesperson from the Home Ministry.
The Logical Indian take
The Logical Indian appreciates the govt. for taking a stand on the issue and ordering to seal the border. This hard stance was much required, as it will be able to control the number of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants to enter the country. This has been a major issue of dispute in India. Most of the immigration happen because of the porous border shared between the two countries. It is easier for the immigrants to cross the borders illegally. Though Assam borders are on the verge of getting sealed, states like West Bengal, Meghalaya, Tripura also shares borders with Bangladesh and a considerable area of the border is still porous. These issues also need to be solved.