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NEW DELHI, Dec 23 - Clarifying that no neighbouring country has built fences along the international border with India, the Centre has ruled out the possibility of setting up a border commission.

No fence has been built by the neighbouring countries and there is no proposal to establish a Border Area Commission or any such body, said Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in a Rajya Sabha reply.

The total length of India�s international border (land) is 15,106.7 km, the Minister disclosed, adding that at least 17 States are on the international border. The problems and security challenges faced by some of these bordering States are illegal immigration, cross-border firing and cross-border crimes, among others.

The Centre has sanctioned barbed wire fencing for 3,326.14 km along the Indo-Bangladesh border. Out of this, 2,708.77 km of fencing has been completed. The target for completion of the project is by March 2019, Rijiju said.

The fencing along the Indo-Myanmar border has been sanctioned only in the State of Manipur for a stretch of 10.00 km, out of which about 4.00 km of work has been completed. The fencing work has been stopped due to protest from the Government of Manipur and local populace.

Meanwhile, The Centre has confirmed that India has been conveying to China including at the highest level, that all Indian passport holders should be treated equally on the basis of reciprocity. Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India, Minister of State for External Affairs, Gen (retd) V K Singh said.

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Centre rules out border commission

NEW DELHI, Dec 23 - Clarifying that no neighbouring country has built fences along the international border with India, the Centre has ruled out the possibility of setting up a border commission.

No fence has been built by the neighbouring countries and there is no proposal to establish a Border Area Commission or any such body, said Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in a Rajya Sabha reply.

The total length of India�s international border (land) is 15,106.7 km, the Minister disclosed, adding that at least 17 States are on the international border. The problems and security challenges faced by some of these bordering States are illegal immigration, cross-border firing and cross-border crimes, among others.

The Centre has sanctioned barbed wire fencing for 3,326.14 km along the Indo-Bangladesh border. Out of this, 2,708.77 km of fencing has been completed. The target for completion of the project is by March 2019, Rijiju said.

The fencing along the Indo-Myanmar border has been sanctioned only in the State of Manipur for a stretch of 10.00 km, out of which about 4.00 km of work has been completed. The fencing work has been stopped due to protest from the Government of Manipur and local populace.

Meanwhile, The Centre has confirmed that India has been conveying to China including at the highest level, that all Indian passport holders should be treated equally on the basis of reciprocity. Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of India, Minister of State for External Affairs, Gen (retd) V K Singh said.