Centre issues alert on illegal stay of Bangladeshi nationals

Source: The post is based on the article “Centre issues alert on illegal stay of Bangladeshi nationals” published in The Hindu on 7th November 2022. 

What is the News?

The government of India has issued an alert on the illegal stay of Bangladeshi nationals in India. 

Directors General of Police of States/Union Territories has been told to take appropriate action on the illegal immigrants who sneaked into the country along the Bangladesh border in West Bengal and settled across the country.

Who are Illegal Migrants?

Foreign nationals who enter into the country without valid travel documents are treated as illegal immigrants. 

All foreign nationals including those who enter into India without valid travel documents or overstay beyond the validity of their visa period are governed by the provisions contained in The Foreigners Act, 1946, The Registration of Foreigners Act, 1939, The Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 & The Citizenship Act, 1955.

Exemptions are given from the provisions of The Passport (Entry into India) Act,1920 and the Foreigners Act, 1946 on a case-to-case basis.

What are the steps taken by Government to tackle illegal migrants?

The Central Government has adopted a multi-pronged approach to ensure effective surveillance and domination of land borders to check the infiltration of illegal migrants. 

Physical infrastructure in the form of border fencing, floodlighting, construction of border roads and establishment of border outposts have been created. 

Vulnerable border outposts are regularly reviewed and strengthened by deploying additional manpower, special surveillance equipment and other force multipliers. 

A technological solution in the form of a Comprehensive Integrated Border Management System (CIBMS) has been implemented in some vulnerable border areas. 

Border guarding forces also conduct regular patrolling, lay nakas and establish observation posts and carry out anti-tunnelling exercises to stop illegal infiltration. 

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