India-Myanmar border Free Movement Regime

Article Title: India-Myanmar border Free Movement Regime


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Why is in news? What is the India-Myanmar border Free Movement Regime, which the Centre is planning to end?

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on January 20 announced that the Centre has decided to fence the entire length of the India-Myanmar border to stop the free movement of people.

The two countries share a largely unfenced 1,643 km border, which goes through the states of Manipur, Mizoram, Assam, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.

Shah said in Guwahati: “Our border with Myanmar is an open border. The Narendra Modi government has taken a decision that the India-Myanmar border will be secure and the whole border will be fenced like the Bangladesh border. The government is reconsidering our Free Movement Regime (FMR) agreement with Myanmar, and is going to end this ease of coming and going.”

Free Movement Regime:

The FMR is a mutually agreed arrangement between the two countries that allows tribes living along the border on either side to travel up to 16 km inside the other country without a visa.