Nitish seeks security audit along Indo-Nepal border
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Last Updated: Monday, August 17, 2009, 14:15
New Delhi: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday said there is an urgent need for a security audit along the state's border with Nepal to check infiltration, smuggling of narcotics and fake currency.

"We have a long 726 km porous border with Nepal. You are very well aware of the political turmoil and recent activities in that country. These give rise to serious and genuine concerns," he said in his address at the Conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi.

"We have problems of illegal infiltration, smuggling of narcotics, fake currency, human trafficking, criminal and other activities. There is urgent need for a security audit along our borders with Nepal," he said.

Kumar said there is a strong case for increasing the number of border outposts for strengthening and fortification of border outposts for quick building of border roads, integrated check posts at the border and for joint survey of international boundary by teams from both countries.

He also said that in the name of security "we should not loose sight of human rights and civil rights."

Stressing that there should be maintenance of regular flow of All India Service Officers from the states to the Centre and vice-versa especially of the IPS officers, he said otherwise there would be lopsided concentration on one side.

Outlining the initiatives taken by his government, Kumar said they have initiated a scheme called "Apki Sarkar Aapke Dwar" which is now being implemented in 63 panchayats of seven extremists affected districts.

The scheme envisages expenditure on Indira Awas Yojna, school buildings, rural roads, social security, welfare schemes and scholarships among others.

He said the state has embarked upon ensuring speedy trial of criminal cases. "In the last three and half years (January 2006 to June 2009)...we have been fortunate in getting conviction for 35,466 persons out of which 91 have been sentenced to death and 6,765 for life imprisonment.

"In the last two and half years, 454 cases relating to extremists activities were put on speedy trial and till now 110 convictions have taken place," Kumar said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 17, 2009, 14:15

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