Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday said all gaps on India’s border fences will be covered by 2022 to ensure comprehensive security. He said before the Narendra Modi government came to power, India lacked a national security policy, which now aims at paying the enemy back in the same coin.
“Nobody wants to leave gaps in the fences. But if on a 200-km long fence you leave a gap of 1.5 km, the entire stretch of the fence becomes useless. We have worked on filling these gaps by removing roadblocks at the administrative level and even spoken to neighbouring countries. Surmounting all difficulties, I assure you that before 2022, there will be no gaps left in our fencing,” Shah said.
Shah was delivering the Rustamji Memorial Lecture at the Investiture Ceremony organised by the BSF at Vigyan Bhawan.
Shah said even before he came into politics, he always thought about border security.
“I always wondered whether this government had any national security policy. Until Narendra Modi became PM, we did not have an independent national security policy. It was influenced by foreign policy or overruled by foreign policy. When Narendra Modi government came, we said we want peace with everyone but if anyone messes with our borders or our sovereignty, then the priority of the national security policy is that it should be answered in the same language,” Shah said, adding that he did not want to give examples as everyone knew what he was talking about.