Rajnath unhappy with Bangladesh border fencing in Assam

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Guwahati, Jan 4 (IANS) Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said he was not satisfied with the way fencing work was going on along the international border with Bangladesh in Assam’s Dhubri district.

The home minister visited the Dhubri sector of the international border on Monday. He arrived in Assam on a two-day visit on Sunday and inspected the international border in Karimganj district.

“I visited the Indo-Bangladesh border in Karimganj sector on Sunday. Today, I visited the Dhubri sector. Assam has 263 km of international border with Bangladesh. However, I am not satisfied with the way fencing work is going on in Dhubri district,” he told the media in Guwahati.

“There are several gaps in the Indo-Bangladesh border in Dhubri district. However, I feel the border in Dhubri sector will be fenced by December 2017,” he added.

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Rajnath Singh said the riverine border between India and Bangladesh in Dhubri sector will also be fenced.

“We have started two pilot projects to fence the riverine border in Dhubri sector. We are waiting for the outcome of the two pilot projects. Based on this, the riverine border will be fenced,” he said.

Rajnath Singh was accompanied by union Sports and Youth Affairs Minister and state BJP chief Sarbananda Sonowal, who hails from Assam, and a delegation of the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU).

The home minister also expressed concern over the recurrent flood and erosion problem in Assam, saying the state and the Centre should work in coordination to find a lasting solution.

Rajnath Singh also said he felt the tremor that shook the entire northeastern region on Monday.

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“I strongly felt the tremor today. I also received calls from Prime Minister Narendra Modi to coordinate with the affected state governments of the northeast region. I have spoken to most of them and took stock of the situation,” he said.

The Centre stands by the state governments in time of disasters and all necessary help will be provided to the affected states, he said.

The Centre has sent two companies of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) to Manipur, he added.

Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and DoNER minister Jitendra Singh are already in Manipur capital Imphal to monitor the situation.

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