India and Myanmar are all set to streamline free movement of people within 16 km along their borders, The Hindu report stated.
The Centre has asked the four states that share unfenced border with Myanmar to distribute “border pass” to all the residents living within 16 km from the boundary line. It has also asked the governments of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram to enrol the border residents under Aadhaar on war footing. Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi will be in New Delhi next week along with nine ASEAN leaders as a chief guest for the Republic Day parade.
A formal agreement is expected to be signed between India and Myanmar during her visit. “The border pass will be given only to the domiciles.
All residents going across the border for agriculture, work or to meet relatives should carry the pass at all times. There will be no restrictions on their movement,” said an official.On January 3, the Union Cabinet had approved the agreement between India and Myanmar on land border crossing which the government said would enhance economic interaction between the people of the two countries.
It may be recalled that a high-level committee report submitted by Joint Intelligence Committee chief R.N. Ravi had suggested changing the “misnomer” related to “free border movement” and asked the government to replicate the model prevalent in villages and areas along the Bangladesh border.
By: Nagaland Post
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