Biren, lauds Centre’s move to fence Indo-Myanmar border, suspend FMR

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home minister Amit Shah and other central leaders for listening to the voice of the people of Manipur and for the decision to construct fencing along the entire 1,643-kilometer Indo-Myanmar border and immediate suspension the Free Movement Regime (FMR).

The chief minister was addressing reporters on Thursday evening at secretariat, here

The state government has been giving priority in keeping its people and the state’s boundary safe and secure. The state government, since its formation in 2017, had been working in different ways to check the demographic balance in population growth, drugs trafficking and other concerns like border fencing and FMR among others, Biren said.

Informing that 1 Km stretch of fencing through a Hybrid Surveillance System (HSS) is under execution in Manipur, bordering Myanmar, he continued that fence works covering 20 km in vulnerable areas have also been approved, and the work will start soon.

Regarding the FMR, he reiterated the Home  ministry’s decision for immediate suspension, to ensure the internal security of the country and to maintain the demographic structure of India’s North Eastern states bordering Myanmar.

He also lauded the move of the central government to constitute a high-powered committee for considering the challenges arising from “fast population growth and demographic changes”. He appreciated Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman for announcing it in her interim budget speech, acknowledging what the people wanted.

Biren said all the positive steps taken up by the central and the state government are for the betterment of the future generations.

The government has not stopped its work of destroying poppy plantation, since the start of the campaign and added that areas of poppy plantation had decreased a lot. Identification of areas with poppy cultivation had been done through satellite mapping, he said, adding that combined teams of Narcotics and Affairs of Border, Narcotics Control Bureau, state forces and Forest department would destroy the poppy plantations by the end of this month.

Speaker, Manipur Legislative Assembly,  inisters, Members of Legislative Assembly also attended the press briefing.

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