Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday reached Jaisalmer in Rajasthan, where he is currently chairing a security review meeting amid repeated incidents of skirmishes along the Indo-Pak international border, according to ANI.
The home minister, on a two-day visit to Rajasthan, was welcomed by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia at the airport. Rajnath is heading a security review meeting in Jaisalmer with chief ministers of four states whose boundaries touch Pakistan and top BSF officials.
During the two-day visit, Singh will also hold meetings with top BSF officials and chair a meeting with Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, officials said.
The four chief ministers will deliberate on ways to completely seal the Indo-Pak border.
“It is a meeting of the Union Home Minister with the Home Ministers of the four states. Since the Chief Ministers and the Deputy Chief Minister (of Punjab) are holding the Home portfolio, they are participating in the meeting,” a Home Ministry official said.
According to Times Now, decission might be taken to fence and seal-off the border where no physical barriers exist. In places where putting up physical barriers is not possible due to geographical limitations, decission may be taken to deploy technological solutions such as including deployment of cameras, sensors, radars, lasers, etc, according to The Indian Express.
During the two-day trip, the Home Minister will tour border areas of Rajasthan and will visit Munabao, Border outpost in Barmer and interact with BSF personnel.
Singh will also visit Murar, BoP in Jaisalmer and asses the situation along the Indo-Pak border. The meeting is being called to bring a synergy among the state police forces and Border Security Force, which guards the Indo-Pak border. Issues concerning the states are also expected to be discussed in the two-day deliberations, the officials said.
There have been many incidents of infiltration of terrorists through the border in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir and trans-border smuggling of goods, narcotics and fake Indian currency notes in Rajasthan and Gujarat, they said.
Of the 3,323-km-long Indo-Pak border, 1,225 km falls in Jammu and Kashmir (including Line of Control), 553 km in Punjab, 1,037 km in Rajasthan and 508 km in Gujarat.
After the security review meet in Jaisalmer, Rajnath will hold a meeting with BSF officials in Barmer on 8 October, according to the Barmer Collector Sudhir Sharma. Elaborate arrangements are being made for the visit, he said.
With inputs from PTI