New Delhi. 13 October 2016. The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Hansraj Gangaram Ahir stressed on indigenous Research & Development in Border Infrastructure. Inaugurating the daylong Seminar on “Border Management and Illicit Trade” he assured the Government will procure the most modern equipment to secure our borders. Cautioning against overdependence on imported technologies such as from Israel, the US and South Africa, Ahir said our robust indigenous industry must overcome this deficit.

He said that Government is committed to securing the country’s borders, especially its Western borders as Pakistan is not only non-cooperative in Border Management but also creates problems.

Speaking on the occasion, Director General, Border Security Force, Shri KK Sharma said the BSF has been deployed along Indo-Pak and Indo-Bangladesh borders, the total length of which is more than 6,500 kms, in short, a distance more than point-to-point between Delhi and London.

In his address, Dr. A. Didar Singh, Secretary General, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), said illicit border trade is costing the Government more than Rupees One Lakh crore loss in tax revenue.