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MHA recommends ‘immediate suspension’ of Free Movement Regime between India and Myanmar

Union Residence Minister Amit Shah. ANI

Ministry of Residence Affairs (MHA) on Thursday beneficial ‘immediate suspension’ of Free Motion Regime (FMR) between India and Myanmar to make sure inside safety and to take care of demographic construction of India’s North Japanese states bordering Myanmar.

Taking to X, Union Residence Minister Amit Shah mentioned, “The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has decided that the Free Movement Regime (FMR) between India and Myanmar be scrapped to ensure the internal security of the country and to maintain the demographic structure of India’s North Eastern States bordering Myanmar.”

“Since the Ministry of External Affairs is currently in the process of scrapping it, MHA has recommended the immediate suspension of the FMR,” Shah added.

He mentioned that such choices are being taken in consonance with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s resolve to safe our borders.

The free motion regime (FMR), which in its present kind permits entry with out visa and passport, started as a system to permit tribes who share familial, social and ethnic ties on either side of the border to communicate with their folks.

“We will fence the open India-Myanmar border just like how we fenced the border with Bangladesh. We are reassessing the free movement regime with Myanmar, and will end the agreement,” Residence Minister Amit Shah had mentioned at an occasion final month.

India shares a porous border stretching 1,600 km from Arunachal Pradesh to Mizoram with Myanmar.

The Manipur authorities, underneath Chief Minister N Biren’s management, has persistently urged the Centre to get rid of the FMR. Allegations counsel that insurgents, unlawful immigrants, and drug traffickers from Myanmar exploit the FMR to infiltrate Manipur and incite unrest.

Since Might 3, 2023, ethnic clashes between the Kuki tribes, predominant within the hills, and the Meiteis, predominant within the valleys, have claimed over 180 lives.

Mizoram, neighboring Manipur, has, nevertheless, conveyed its opposition to frame fencing to the Centre. Chief Minister Lalduhoma asserts that the border delineated by the British is unacceptable to ethnic communities residing on either side. Mizoram additionally advocates towards the abolition of the FMR.

With inputs from businesses

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