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Grid to check Rohingyas

THE ASIAN AGE. | RAJNISH SHARMA
Published : Dec 10, 2017, 5:10 am IST
Updated : Dec 10, 2017, 5:10 am IST

Unified command in Northeast exclusively for illegal migration.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh (Photo: PTI)
 Union home minister Rajnath Singh (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Concerned over the influx of illegal Rohingya migrants, the home ministry is expected to approach the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) soon with an ambitious plan to put in place a new security apparatus or grid to deal with the menace. The issue was discussed in detail during a high level meeting chaired by home minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday in Kolkata with chief ministers of states sharing border with Bangladesh where illegal migration from across the border remains a major security issues.

Sources said that while all states agreed on the need to have a more foolproof mechanism to check illegal migration from Bangladesh, particularly of Rohingyas, by putting in place a new security grid on the lines of Srinagar-based Unified Command, the decision to prepare the final blueprint has been left to the Union home ministry. Sources said the home ministry will soon finalise the plan in consultation with the concerned states before approaching the CCS as the issue has wider national security ramifications.

According to the initial plan, sources added, which was also discussed in the Kolkata meeting the proposed security grid will have representative from major security agencies like BSF, Army, Assam Rifles, intelligence agencies, state police and other representatives, including political leadership from the concerned states.

“The idea is to have some sort of a unified command in the Northeast exclusively for illegal migration on lines of one existing in the Valley which deals with militancy. This will enable the local unified command to take immediate corrective measures to deal with any security issue,’’a senior Government functionary said.

Tags: rohingya migrants, rajnath singh
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