To tackle the movement of extremists along the porous Myanmar border, the government is mulling over to change the “free border movement” arrangement in existence in the bordering States of Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur since Independence.
- It will lead to a radical shift in India’s policy towards Myanmar, a friendly country, with which it shares unfenced borders and unhindered movement of people across the border.
- The government is all set to change the “misnomer” related to “free border movement” and will try to replicate the model prevalent along the Bangladesh border.
- The report has suggested dedicated crossing points in border villages, where policemen would be in charge of regulating the movement of people.
- The movement of people will not be curtailed, as they have strong social and cultural ties across the border, but instead it will be regulated.
- Every citizen would need to have an identity proof like a passport.