The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir has laid stress on indigenous Research & Development in Border Infrastructure. Inaugurating the daylong Seminar on “Border Management and Illicit Trade” here today, Shri Ahir assured the Government will procure the most modern equipment to secure our borders. Cautioning against overdependence on imported technologies such as from Israel, the US and South Africa, Shri Ahir said our robust indigenous industry must overcome this deficit.
Shri Ahir lauded the efforts of our Prime Minister who walked an extra mile in maintaining friendly relations with our neighbouring countries. He said that Government is committed to securing the country’s borders, especially its Western borders as Pakistan is not only non-cooperative in Border Management but also creates problems. He reiterated that the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh has said that the Indo-Pak Border would be completely sealed by the year 2018.
Shri Ahir laid special emphasis on checking illicit trafficking of drugs and also human trafficking across the borders. Mentioning that the border areas have generally remained backward and poverty ridden due to obvious reasons, Shri Ahir said the economic activities can be fast tracked only in a secured environment.
Speaking on the occasion, Director General, Border Security Force, Shri KK Sharma said the BSF has been deployed along Indo-Pak and Indo-Bangladesh borders, the total length of which is more than 6,500 kms, in short, a distance more than point-to-point between Delhi and London.
In his address, Dr. A. Didar Singh, Secretary General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), said illicit border trade is costing the Government more than Rupees One Lakh crore loss in tax revenue.