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India to completely seal the border with Pakistan by December 2018: Rajnath

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New Delhi: As a part of an extensive plan to monitor the country’s frontier security the government is set to completely seal the India-Pakistan border by December 2018, Union home minister Rajnath Singh said on Friday

Speaking to reporters in Jaisalmer, Singh said the process of sealing the frontier will be monitored on a monthly basis by the Border Security Force. “It has been decided that the entire length of the Indo-Pak border will be sealed in a time-bound way by December 2018. An action plan has been prepared in consultation with security agencies,” said Singh.

The government’s decision comes as tensions mount between India and Pakistan following an army strike on militant bases in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

The home minister also announced the creation of a Border Security Grid, which will serve as a streamlined platform for border-related issues. “Guidelines have been prepared for this by the central government,” said Singh.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, couldn’t turn up in the meeting and the state was represented by the chief secretary. Union minister for state for home, Kiren Rijiju, also attended the meeting.

Singh said that all the complaints filed by the BSF needs to be addressed at the earliest and charges framed. “Technology will play a major role in the creation of the Border Security Grid in remote areas. I appeal to the people of India to have full trust on armed forces, “ said Singh.

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