Border Fencing work to be completed in 1 year: Patil
New Delhi, Mar 17: Home Minister Shivraj Patil today (Mar 17, 2006) said the remaining work of border fencing to check infiltration, will be completed in about a year's time.
Addressing a meeting of the Consultative Committee of his Ministry here, he said infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir has come down significantly, largely due to the fence erected on the border.
"It is essential to expeditiously complete the fencing work in other areas as well," he noted.
The Consultative Committee devoted the meeting exclusively for discussing the various aspects of border management.
Mr Patil pointed out that the centre had been taking steps to beef up coastal-security by giving funds to the coastal states for construction of police stations near the coastline and also for acquiring fast boats and modern equipment.
The responsibility of protecting various stretches of the country's borders has been given to the Border Security Force, Sashastra Seema Bal, Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Assam Rifles.
In this contest, Mr Patil emphasized the need to strengthen these forces by providing them with more men, vehicles, modern equipment and intelligence support.
He favoured construction of more security posts and a road all along the porous Indo-Nepal border to ensure more effective patrolling.
The Home Minister also stressed the need for proper co-ordination and co-operation between the Centre and the states in the task of border management.
Earlier, taking part in the discussions, members stressed the need to complete the remaining border fencing work expeditiously, as fencing has proved very effective in checking infiltration and other crimes.
They also pointed out the necessity to maintain the fence on a regular basis, once it is erected. Members felt that funds crunch should not be allowed to come in the way of guarding the country's borders.
Those who attended the meeting included Messrs. B S Gnanadesikan, Urkho Gwra Brahma, Lalhmingliana and Dr K Malaisamy from the Rajya Sabha and Messrs. Madan Lal Sharma, Mohan Singh and B Susheela from the Lok Sabha.