|No Indo-Bangla truce pact on border: Centre|
NEW DELHI, March 20 – India and Bangladesh have not signed any ceasefire agreement on mutual border, Minister of State for Home Affairs, M Ramachandran said.
In a Lok Sabha reply to a question by Rajen Gohain and Deepa Dasmunshi, the Minister said there was no proposal to relax visa norms for the citizens of Bangladesh.
The Minister’s reply is interesting, because Home Minister, P Chidambaram advocated liberalized visa regime. Under the visa regime, some 50 lakh visas were issued to Bangladeshis, last year.
Much of the problem of illegal migration has been resolved by quickening the process of issue of visas and increasing the number of visas that are given to Bangladeshis. “There is no reason for any Bangladeshi to cross over illegally,” he had argued.