Dhaka closely watching India's CAA, NRC situation

Bangla Tribune Desk
Published : 21:49, Jan 26, 2020 | Updated : 21:53, Jan 26, 2020

People hold candles as they attend a protest against a new citizenship law in New Delhi, India, Dec 29, 2019. REUTERSBangladesh is closely observing India’s internal situation over the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC), says Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal before describing them as ‘internal matters’ of the neighbouring country.
The home minister made the remarks while replying to a question by treasury bench member Ashim Kumar Ukil in the House on Sunday (Jan 26), reports BSS.
“We consider the CAA as the internal matter of India. We, however, are closely monitoring the internal situation of our neighbour in this regard,” he said.
Kamal said the Indian government has recently planned to implement the CAA and NRC in different states of the country as per their own policy.
“But the controversy that has been created over the bill (CAA) can be viewed as a part of India’s internal politics,” he said.
Terming India as a friendly neighbor of Bangladesh, the home minister said the good relations between Bangladesh and India are continuing.
“We do believe that as a neighboring country, the Indian government will pay a full attention to their strong mutual trust, amity and understanding with the Bangladesh government and its people while taking steps on the basis of their political commitments,” he said.
Kamal pointed out that assurances have been given by the highest level from the Indian government to the Bangladesh government that there will not be any ‘unwanted impact’ on its neighbour.
The home minister said the members of the paramilitary border force Bangladesh Border Guard (BGB) always remain in the highest alert to check any illegal intrusion from India.
He went on saying that the BGB is patrolling regularly inside the eight kilometers of ‘Zero Line’ while joint patrols are also underway by the BGB and taskforce outside the eight kilometers of the ‘Zero Line’.
Kamal added that the paramilitary force always takes stringent security measures to prevent any transborder crimes, including trespassing and smuggling, in the frontier areas.
Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan speaks a programme. File PhotoFIRE STATION IN EACH DISTRICT
Khan said the government is implementing three development projects aiming to establish a fire station in each district across the country.
“As per the announcement of the Prime Minister, the government is implementing three development projects for setting up fire station in each district across the country,” he said replying to a star marked question made by treasury bench lawmaker AKM Rahmatullah.
The present government has taken various initiatives in order to make more skilled, developed and most modern Fire Service and Civil Defense Department, said the minister, adding that the government has already procured modern vehicle pump and necessary equipment at a cost of Tk 2.23 billion under Modernization of Fire Service and Civil Defence project and distributed in different fire stations.
Now a total of 414 fire service stations are in operation throughout the country.