NEW DELHI, Sept 18 - Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju today said there was a need to revisit the policies on border management to ensure that the frontier regions grow in step with the rest of the country.
Rijiju said the NDA government was committed to bringing prosperity for the people living in border areas through development. �We as a nation, need to revisit our policies on border management and ensure that entire borders are as developed as other areas,� he said.
Inaugurating a conference on smart border management and coastal and maritime security, organised by the India Foundation and the FICCI here, the Union minister said the nation begins from its border and not from its capital.
Rijiju also released a FICCI-PwC report on �smart border management� which has highlighted the threats and challenges faced by various agencies in the deployment of an effective coastal security mechanism across the Indian coast.
According to a press release issued by the FICCI, the report highlighted that India�s long coastline presents a variety of security challenges, including illegal landing of arms and explosives at isolated spots on the coast, infiltration/exfiltration of anti-national elements, use of the sea and offshore islands for criminal activities, smuggling of consumer and intermediate goods through sea routes, etc. � PTI