Infiltration in decline along Indo-Pak border: Govt

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New Delhi, Mar 12 (UNI) Cross-border infiltration along the India-Pakistan and India-Bangladesh Border has declined and there is no significant incidence of foreign intrusions on other borders, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.

Home Minister Shivraj Patil, in reply to a question, said to contain cross-border intrusions the Government has adopted a multi-pronged approach, including round the clock surveillance, patrolling, setting up of observation posts and upgrade of intelligence setup.

''Construction of border fencing and flood lighting, introduction of modern and hi-tech surveillance equipment and coordination on intelligence sharing between Centre and state governments is also being done,'' he said.

The Minister said in 2005 there were total of 6,586 attempts of foreign intrusion, 5,258 in 2006 and 4,334 in 2007.

About the India-Nepal border, Mr Patil said the Government is trying to increase the number of BSF personnel since the border was not fenced.

''This 1,500 km long-border is not fenced and the terrain is difficult.... we are trying to improve manning at this border. And so is the case for Bhutan and Myanmar,'' he added.

About securing India's coastal borders, the Minister said coastal sea police is being set up to assist the navy and the coast guard.

''Money has been given to state government's concerned for securing the about 7,000 km sea borders,'' he told the House.

He pointed out that officials have been raising the issue of training camps in neighbouring countries with respective Governments.

''Diplomatic channels are being used for the purpose,'' he added.

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