House panel for beefing up border security

KATHMANDU: International Relations and Human Rights Committee of the parliament today recommended that the government set up armed security posts at 26 border points on the Nepal-India border in Dang district.

Revealing the findings of its visit to the district to mediapersons, the committee suggested that the government distribute citizenship and land ownership certificates to the people inhabiting the border areas.

Putting up barbed fence to stop border encroachment has also been mooted. The committee asked the government to hold discussions on the border strip map in parliament before the two countries sign it, said committee chairman Padam Lal Bishwokarma.

Meanwhile, Nepali Congress today handed over a memorandum to Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal, asking him to resolve the border issue between Nepal and India through diplomatic means.

“The government should make diplomatic efforts to resolve the border issue after gathering proven facts and records at the earliest,” stated the letter, according to NC chief secretary Ram Chandra Pokharel. NC has also sought stern action against the guilty and compensation for the victims.