Center gives top priority to strengthening border infrastructure: Amit Shah

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Kishanganj (Bihar): Minister of the Interior of the Union Amit Shah affirmed on Saturday that the Narendra Modi government gives top priority to strengthening the country’s borders, which is why spending on infrastructure development in these areas has increased significantly under the current regime.

Speaking to staff at Sashastra Seema Bal at Fatehpur outpost, located in Kishanganj district of Bihar along the border with Nepal, Shah also highlighted the Centre’s sensitivity to the social needs of those who occupy the international borders of the country.

“Between 2008 and 2014, every year around Rs 4,000 crore was spent on border infrastructure projects. This then climbed to almost Rs 6,000 crore per year, he said after inaugurating the outpost buildings of Fatehpur, Raniganj, Aamgachhi, Pekatola and Beria.

The total money spent on border infrastructure projects under the NDA rule at the Center was Rs 44,600 crore, he said.

This has led to a 3.5 times increase in the total length of border roads, Shah told the rally.

“Our border staff also provide expertise in the event of national calamities and public order situations. The government is aware of this and is working to provide them and their families with better facilities, Shah said.

To a casual observer, it might seem like the SSB has an easy job guarding borders with friendly countries like Nepal and Bhutan, he said.

But we know the challenges you face are no less daunting because patrolling an unfenced area is tricky. Your relations and your benevolence with the local population play a very important role”, observed the Minister of the Interior.

He mentioned that the SSB jawans participated in Har Ghar Tiranga Abhiyan enthusiastically and distributed 10 lakh tricolors to the citizens.

Every household you visited with the national flag ended up developing a rishta (link) with the security forces, Shah added.

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