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  • Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System: Issues and Challenges

    Implementation of high-tech solutions without adequately trained personnel is unlikely to help the Border Security Force achieve the goal of foolproof border surveillance.

    October 04, 2017

    Mary Singha asked: How effective is the implementation of Border Area Development Programme (BADP) in blocks along the international border of Northeast India?

    Pushpita Das replies: India’s border areas are plagued by poor accessibility, inadequate infrastructure, depressed economic growth, rampant poverty and a sense of insecurity among the people. The development of border areas has therefore been envisaged as an important element in border management. Towards this end, the Border Area Development Programme (BADP) was initiated as early as 1987 along the India-Pakistan border to ‘meet the special development needs of the people living in remote and inaccessible areas situated near the international border’.

    An Analysis of the Internal Security Budget 2017-18

    For the financial year 2017-18, the Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) has been allocated Rs. 83,823 crore, a hike of around 11.5 per cent over that of the previous year. Though the Union government has been providing substantial budget support to the MHA to aid its reform and modernisation programs, the ministry’s efforts to bring about desired reforms have shown mixed results so far.

    February 21, 2017

    Is a Border Fence an Absolute Essential along the India-Myanmar Border?

    Regulated borders with greater emphasis on developing people-to-people contact and cross-border trade initiatives are likely to yield greater security benefits as against a closed border.

    February 06, 2017

    Implications of a Complete Sealing of the India-Pakistan Border

    Instead of erecting static structures or walls with mounted electronic complements, a more dynamic mode of border management and surveillance may be expedient and cost-effective with concomitant mobile patrols by all-terrain vehicles, hovercraft, etc.

    October 18, 2016

    Message from the Indo-Bangladesh Border: `Banijya Basati Lakkhi’

    Message from the Indo-Bangladesh Border: `Banijya Basati Lakkhi’

    While a higher volume of trade through Petrapole should benefit both countries, this new ICP mechanism needs to be suitably leveraged to ensure that the north-east also derives benefits.

    August 02, 2016

    Stopping Illegal Migration from Bangladesh: Need for a Comprehensive Approach

    Stopping Illegal Migration from Bangladesh

    A comprehensive approach is needed to deal with the problem of illegal migration from Bangladesh. All the affected states would have to adopt a uniform policy, in the absence of which any amount of effort is bound to deliver only partial results.

    June 24, 2016

    For Successful Implementation of the Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh

    It is essential in the interest of economic development and smooth rehabilitation of the affected people that funds as part of a comprehensive financial package be devolved to the West Bengal Government at the earliest.

    December 29, 2015

    Rajasekhar Unnam asked: How in reality the border security between India and Bangladesh will change with the exchange of enclaves, other than providing relief to the local people there?

    Pushpita Das replies: The exchange of 162 enclaves between India and Bangladesh will enhance border security and improve the management of the international boundary in a substantial manner. Presently, due to their peculiar status, these enclaves do not have a state presence in the form of an administrative set-up. As a result, the inhabitants of these enclaves are deprived of legitimate means of livelihood, which has forced many of them to engage in smuggling and other illegal activities.

    Border Fencing Will Not Stop Illegal Migration

    Border Fencing Will Not Stop Illegal Migration

    Unless fundamental factors such as vested political interests, economic compulsions and non-cooperation from Bangladesh are addressed effectively, illegal migration will continue to take place, fence or no fence.

    December 26, 2014

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