NEW DELHI, July 3 � A high-powered delegation led by Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, is likely to undertake a tour of the areas along the Indo-Bangladesh border to monitor the fencing, border roads and floodlighting works.
This assurance was given by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to a delegation of State BJP legislators and senior party members here today. The BJP delegation had called on Singh to discuss about the problem of unabated illegal infiltration from Bangladesh.
Later, State BJP president Sarbananda Sonowal told newsmen that a Central team under Rijiju�s leadership would tour the areas along the Bangladesh border and submit a report to the Centre.
The BJP State delegation rushed to Delhi after drawing flak in the State for acceding too much ground to Bangladesh by the NDA government by way of agreeing to relax the visa regime for certain categories of Bangladeshi nationals and ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement in Parliament.
Meanwhile, Sonowal said they raised three issues with the Home Minister, including the continued infiltration and the issue of the border being highly porous.
The BJP delegation also pressed for the urgent need to update the National Register of Citizens (NRC) within a specific time-frame.
The delegation was informed that the Centre has already committed to release Rs 143 crore for the purpose.
�We have also reminded the Centre about the need to identify and deport illegal Bangladeshi migrants,� Sonowal said.
The Home Minister reportedly assured the delegation that the BJP-led NDA was committed towards identification and deportation of the illegal migrants.
BJP Lok Sabha MP Bijoya Chakravarty added that Singh has reiterated the party stand on the issue of illegal Bangladeshi migrants.
Meanwhile, Rijiju will be reviewing the internal security situation of the North-east during his tour of Arunachal Pradesh that gets under way from tomorrow.
Accompanied by Joint Secretary (Border Management) K Mishra, and Joint Secretary (North East) Shambu Singh, Rijiju is visiting Arunachal Pradesh from July 4-7. During the visit, the Minister will review the border area development programmes, police modernisation and the law and order situation in the North-east, official sources said.