Mizoram governor Jagdish Mukhi at Champhai on Wednesday Credit: EastMojo image

Aizawl: Mizoram governor Jagdish Mukhi on Wednesday said strict vigil should be maintained along the international borders to prevent smuggling of illegal goods and entry of foreigners.

He was visiting the state’s eastern-most Champhai district and the Indo-Myanmar border trade point there. The governor’s visit came weeks after a group of girls from Nepal were rescued from Champhai while being trafficked.

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Mizoram shares a 510-km unfenced international border with Myanmar and 318 km with Bangladesh.

Mukhi said that free movement regime is clamped in border area which allowed people on either sides of the borders to move freely. He urged the security forces and concerned officials to ensure that no illegal goods are smuggled across the border though the free movement was allowed to some degree.

“Free movement does not mean movement of illegal goods. So strict vigilance should be maintained to prevent such activities,” he said.

Lauding the Narendra Modi-led NDA government at the Centre, Mukhi said it is a boon for development of the Northeastern region. He said that at least 15 new railway lines have been created in the region and the NDA government targeted to reach “double crop” in agriculture and allied sectors by 2022.

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During his visit, the governor met with district administration and security forces at Champhai circuit house, where he was briefed about the progress made in the implementation of central government schemes like RGGVY, Swachh Bharat Mission and PMUY. He also briefed about security situation along the Indo-Myanmar border.

While appreciating the implementation of various government flagship programmes within Champhai district, the governor said that such programmes must be made available to the common men, for whose benefit the programme are being made.

Mukhi also lauded Assam Rifles personnel, who guarded the border for their good performance. He urged them to make use of media and information technology when need arises.

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