Strengthening surveillance through technological interventions along riverine stretches of the India-Pakistan border is learnt to be part of the recommendations of the committee under chairmanship of retired home secretary Madhukar Gupta, constituted after the Pathankot terror attack.
The committee was formed to suggest ways for strengthening border protection and address the issues of gaps in fencing and other vulnerabilities along the Indo-Pakistan border. The panel has submitted its report to Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
The committee has made a detailed study through discussions on threat perception, field visits and detailed talks with stakeholders.
"The mandate of the committee was to study all types of gaps in fencing and all other vulnerabilities in the international border between India and Pakistan and to suggest comprehensive approach to fix these gaps in fencing and other vulnerabilities on interim and permanent basis," said a home ministry spokesperson .
The riverine stretch of the Indo-Pak border in Punjab needs immediate attention as it is believed that the terrorists entered India through this area. The committee is also learnt to be of the view that the gaps along the IB, manned by the BSF, should be lessened by decreasing distance between the Border outposts even as fencing on other border areas needs to be beefed up.