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Govt committed to protecting borders


 
 NEW DELHI, Dec 6 - With influx of Rohingyas and Bangladeshis becoming major concerns, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today the government is committed to securing the country’s borders with all neighbouring countries.Singh will chair a meeting of chief ministers of states bordering Bangladesh in Kolkata tomorrow. “The Centre is committed to securing India’s border with all neighbouring countries,” he said before leaving for Kolkata.

The meeting, called by the Home Minister, would discuss the influx of Rohingya and Bangladeshi immigrants, and explore ways to check it, a Home Ministry official said.

Chief ministers of West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram are expected to attend the meeting.

India shares a 4,096 km-long border with Bangladesh of which 2,217 km falls in West Bengal, 262 km in Assam, 443 km in Meghalaya, 856 km in Tripura and 180 km in Mizoram.

This would be the fourth meeting of the chief ministers of states, which share international borders, called by the home minister.

Three separate meetings of chief ministers of states sharing borders with Pakistan, China and Myanmar, were held earlier.

The meeting in Kolkata is also expected to chalk out plans on how to check cross-border smuggling of fake Indian currency notes, narcotics and other illegal activities, the official said.

According to an official estimate, around 36,000 Rohingyas are currently living in various parts of India. – PTI

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