PM Modi Says NRC Implementation is SC Monitored after Sheikh Hasina Raised the Issue in Bilateral Talks

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday conveyed concern to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) for identifying   Bangladeshi migrants in living in the border state. More than 19 lakh people have been left out of the updated NRC.She also referred to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. It was their second bilateral interaction after the recently concluded UNGA session in New York. PM Modi informed her that the final picture related to the affected people post revision of NR is yet emerge as Union Home Minister Amit Shah had visited the north-east. It was his second visit to the NE following the publication of the NRC.RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat is also concerned over the non-inclusion of lakhs Hindus including Gorkhas from the NRC.The RSS is yet to make public the outcome of his talks with the concerned people in Assam’s Bangla speaking   Silchar district. Meanwhile, in Bangladesh PM’s   presence along with PM Modi, the two countries have signed seven pacts, including for a joint Coastal Surveillance System.  Hasina took up the contentious issues related to NRC during her “productive and comprehensive” talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to further broad-based bilateral ties. The Pioneer reports citing official sources saying the Indian side conveyed to Hasina that publication of the NRC was a court-monitored process and the final scenario on the issue is yet to emerge. The issue of controversial Rohingya refugees also figured in the talks and the two Prime Ministers agreed on the need to expedite safe, speedy and sustainable repatriation of the displaced persons to their homes in Rakhine of Myanmar. A joint statement said Modi appreciated the zero-tolerance policy of the Bangladesh Government against terrorism and commended Hasina for her staunch commitment to ensure peace, security and stability in the region. Both leaders resolved to eliminate terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, and stressed that there can be no justification whatsoever for any act of terror. After the talks, Modi and Hasina, through video link, launched a project to import LPG from Bangladesh for distribution in the North-eastern states, inaugurated a Vivekananda Bhavan at Ramakrishna Mission in Dhaka and unveiled a skill development institute at Khulna.     “India accords priority to its ties with Bangladesh. The increasing cooperation between India and Bangladesh is a shining example of neighbourly relations for the entire world,” Modi said in a brief media statement.  The joint statement said Hasina highlighted that the people of Bangladesh are waiting early for signing the Teesta water sharing agreement which was agreed upon by both the governments in 2011. Modi conveyed to Hasina that his government is working with all stakeholders in India for conclusion of the agreement at the earliest. The seven MOUs signed will deepen cooperation in areas of water resources, youth affairs, culture, education and coastal surveillance. The MOU on cooperation in coastal surveillance radar system is significant for regional maritime security. India is expected to set up nearly two dozen coastal surveillance radar stations under the pact. Another MoU will facilitate use of Chattogram and Mongla ports for movement of goods to and from India. A separate MoU is for withdrawal of 1.82 cusec of water from Feni river of Bangladesh for drinking purpose of the people of Sabroom town of Tripura. The joint statement said the two prime ministers held productive and comprehensive talks and agreed to fully utilise opportunities for advancing mutually beneficial ties in both conventional and non-conventional areas, besides noting that the “irreversible partnership” enhances the legacy that started with the great war of liberation of Bangladesh. In the talks, both leaders emphasised the importance of effective border management for ensuring a tranquil, stable and crime free border.“Towards this goal, the leaders directed their respective border forces to complete border fencing at all pending sectors at the international border between   the countries at the earliest,” the joint statement said. Both leaders also agreed that the loss of civilian lives at the border is a matter of concern and directed the border forces concerned to enhance coordinated measures to work toward bringing such border incidents down to zero,” it said. Modi and Hasina also agreed to expedite commissioning of the joint study on the prospects of entering into a bilateral Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between India and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina and reaffirmed India’s highest priority to her relations with Bangladesh,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

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