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HM Rajnath Singh appeals to parties to take part in J&K panchayat, urban local body polls

The NDA government’s decision to completely seal the borders to stop infiltration and illegal migration was evident in Jammu on Monday as Home minsiter Rajnath singh inaugurated India’s first smart fence pilot on two 5 KM strecthes along the Indo-Pak border.

On the sidelines, Rajnath appealed to political parties to participate in the forthcoming panchayat and urban local body polls in Jammu and Kashmir.

His appeal came after the two major regional parties — the National Conference and the Peoples Democratic Party — announced that they would not take part in the elections. Rajnath said that the elections will provide them with an opportunity to interact with the people.

Rajnath singh said that India has always extended hands to cooperate and maintain friendly ties with Pakistan, but India cannot change the behaviour of Pakistan and ultimately Pakistan will have to understand how to behave with a neighbour.

The smart fence pilot project entails deploying laser-activated fences and technology-enabled barriers to plug vulnerable gaps along frontiers.

The initiative is part of comprehensive integrated border management system (CIBMS). Smart fencing uses a number of devices for surveillance, communication and data storage.

Thermal imager sensors, underground sensors, fiber optical sensors, radar and sonar are mounted on different platforms like aerostat, tower and poles as part of the smart fence. The system will effect round-the-clock surveillance on the border and in different weather conditions.

The ‘laser fence’ and other gadgets have been integrated and  gadgets are integrated to immediately relay CCTV-like feed to command post. This first hand live feed will give BSF the required inputs to take immediate action against intrusion or infiltration attempt.

He said that the incidents of terrorism have come down in the 4 years of NDA rule. 

Centre is working towards upgrading border infrastructure, and more than 600 km roads have been constructed in border areas and hundreds of border out posts have been built.

Smart Fence will be deployed along 2,400 km of India’s border with Pakistan and Bangladesh in the future


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