NEW DELHI, Aug 23 � The Centre on Tuesday denied receiving any proposal from political parties to seal the Indo-Bangladesh border instead of fencing it.
Notwithstanding the oft-repeated demand to seal the international border to check illegal migration from across the border, Minister of State for Home Affairs, M Ramachandran, in reply to a question by Badruddin Ajmal, said according to available records, no such proposal has been received from political parties to seal the Indo-Bangladesh border.
The Government of India has sanctioned fencing works to the extent of 418.03 km in Assam, out of which 341.53 km has been completed. Fencing work has also been sanctioned in Tripura to the extent of 856 km, against which 740 km of work has been completed.
Meanwhile, 32,644 Bangladeshi nationals, who entered the country on valid documents, have been found to be overstaying as on December 2009.
The minister, in a separate reply, said that 13.46 lakh Bangladeshi nationals have returned to their country during the last three years. The Indian Mission in Dhaka has issued 16.75 lakh visas during the last four years till July. The highest number of visas was issued in 2008 when 5.19 lakh visas were issued, the minister informed.