Shah raises concerns with Bangladesh Home Minister over illegal immigration
   Date :08-Aug-2019

 
NEW DELHI:
 
HOME Minister Amit Shah on Wednesday raised with Bangladesh India’s concerns over illegal immigration from that country to the Northeast. The issue was flagged before Bangladesh Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan at the 7th meeting of India-Bangladesh Home Minister Level Talks (HMLT) here. Shah raised India’s concern regarding the illicit movement of people across the border, with a view to find solutions to this problem especially in Northeast India, an official statement said.
 
This came ahead of the publication of the final list of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam on August 31. When the draft NRC was published last year, 40 lakh names were excluded, leading to a huge political controversy. Assam and other Northeastern States have been facing the problem of influx from neighbouring Bangladesh through the porus border. Both the home ministers reaffirmed the need to further curb the menace of trans-border crimes, and therefore agreed to the need for greater co-operation to achieve “our aim of a secure border”, the statement said.
 
Both sides also reviewed the pending issues related to security and infrastructure at the borders and agreed to take steps to resolve the matters expeditiously. Shah assured Khan of India’s continuing support for safe and speedy repatriation of the displaced Myanmar citizens sheltered in Bangladesh, for whom India has provided humanitarian assistance in four tranches since September 2017. The leaders also looked forward to enhancing cooperation in simplifying people-to-people contact and travel for business, health and tourism, including through promoting connectivity, it said.
 
This was Shah’s first interaction with a foreign leader after assuming charge as the country’s home minister two months ago. Following the talks, Shah said in a tweet he “had extensive discussion on the bilateral relations between India and Bangladesh”. During the meeting, the ministers expressed satisfaction that both countries were working closer than ever before in every sector, including security and border management.