Fake Indian currency, porous international borders and smuggling menace
Srinagar (Uttarakhand), Feb 8: Most of the fake Indian currency notes (FICN) in circulation in India is being smuggled into the country through the porous international borders. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has expressed serious concern and asked the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) to take the lead role in curtailing the menace of FICN. Addressing the ‘Passing Out Parade’ of Assistant Commandants of SSB at Srinagar in Uttarakhand Friday, Singh said the SSB is at the vanguard of porous International Borders through which most of the FICN is now being smuggled into the country. The Home Mnister asked the SSB to remain vigilant on the presence of fundamentalist and anti-India forces in the areas in vicinity of the borders. He noted that the SSB is actively guarding India-Nepal and India-Bhutan borders and despite being ‘open borders’ there has been peace on both the fronts. The Union Home Minister also lauded the role of SSB in anti-insurgency operations against the armed separatist National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) in Assam. He said that the SSB has almost destroyed the backbone of the NDFB. Singh said the SSB should also think of operating FM radio channels in the border areas so that the Prime Minister’s ‘Man Ki Baat’ programme could also be heard in the remote locations. he also suggested that the SSB can open India Cultural Centres in border districts to spread the message of nationalism in areas close to the borders. SSB was founded in 1963 to spread the message of nationalism in areas close to the borders and the force has been successful in its mission, Singh observed.