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Sunday, 30 November 2014

Land deal with Dhaka will halt influx: Modi...........

GUWAHATI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the Union government was taking steps to check illegal migrants from Bangladesh by enforcing the land swapping deal for a lasting solution. The PM also stressed on making a "smart" police force, which lays store by preventing crimes through more evolved intelligence gathering and network. 

Speaking on infiltration, Modi said, "I will make such arrangements, after which all roads will be closed for Bangladeshis coming and destroying Assam every day. Believe in my word that land swapping deal will be done for a permanent solution to this problem of Assam," Modi told a mammoth gathering of party workers. Once the deal is ratified in Parliament, infiltration from Bangladesh will stop for good, Modi said. 

"I understand the sentiments of the people associated with the deal. I won't allow any forces to harm Assam's and India's interests. The deal will help ensure Assam's security," Modi told a packed stadium of over 35,000 people. Thousands of party workers, who could not enter the stadium, heard him in rapt attention in front of large LCD screens set up outside. 

The agreement also seeks to exchange enclaves on both sides to facilitate the demarcation of a proper boundary between India and Bangladesh. The Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee on External Affairs, headed by Sashi Tharoor, is likely to place its report on the Constitution (119th Amendment) Bill in Parliament on December 1, which seeks to redraw India's boundary with Bangladesh through a land-swap in four states: Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya and West Bengal. 

The land swap deal, signed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Dhaka in 2011 had triggered a political war with the BJP opposing it charging that the state's people weren't consulted. The deal also includes West Bengal, Tripura and Meghalaya. 


The PM, presenting his concept of 'SMART police', told the annual conference of DGs and IGs of police here, "We need a good police force which can take care of the country's law and order efficiently. When I talk about 'SMART' concept, I mean police need to be 'strict and sensitive' at the same time, 'modern and mobile', 'alert and accountable', 'reliable and responsive', and 'techno-savvy and trained'. I am putting this concept for you to discuss." 

Modi spoke about the police leadership's responsibility to institutionalize the memories and acts of bravery of 33,000 policemen who sacrificed their lives in line of duty since Independence. He also stressed on the need for a stronger and effective police welfare system. 

"After Independence, 33,000 policemen have become martyrs upholding law and order. Even police do not know about this. How can we expect the common people to know about it?" said Modi. 

Taking a dig at Bollywood for straying away from projecting the police as a protector force, Modi said the government should set up a PR firm to meet film producers and change their mindset. "I haven't seen too many films where the police have been shown as a good force. We need to change the image."