New Delhi: In a bid to put an end to infiltration into Assam, India will completely seal its borders with Bangladesh within the next two years, Assam’s chief minister-to-be Sarbananda Sonowal said here.
“Home Minister Rajnath Singh had given a two-year time frame for permanent sealing of the border. We will work towards finishing within that time frame the border sealing work, including the riverine border. Indo-Bangladesh border is not completely sealed, specially in certain riverine areas through which infiltration actually takes place. We want that it must be completely sealed so that there is zero infiltration from across the border,” he told reporters here on Sunday evening.
He said sealing of the borders with Bangladesh and completion of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be his government’s priority to put an end to infiltration.
As per Supreme Court orders in 2014, the final updated NRC was to be published on January 1, 2016 and verification of the records was to be completed by last September. However, the verification is still on as on date though it has achieved 97 per cent levels across the state. The final NRC could pave the way for deportation of the illegal immigrants, who entered Assam after 1971.