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12:00 AM, January 27, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:35 AM, January 27, 2020

India’s NRC, CAA: Dhaka closely observing situation

Bangladesh is closely observing Indian’s internal situation regarding the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan told parliament yesterday.

In reply to a query from ruling Awami League lawmaker Ashim Kumar Ukil, he said the government would take measures in line with the international and border laws if any tension arose in border areas.

In his question, Ashim wanted to know whether there was any reason for Bangladesh to be worried about India’s NRC and the CAA.

He also wanted to know the Bangladesh government’s measures in this regard.

In reply, the minister said the Bangladesh government considered the NRC and the CAA India’s internal affairs.

“… We believe the Indian government will give full attention to its trust and understanding with the government and the citizens of their neighbouring country [Bangladesh] while taking steps on the basis of its political commitment,” the home boss said in a written answer.

The highest authority of the Indian government has assured the Bangladesh government that the NRC issue would not put any unwanted impact on Bangladesh, he added.

Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) is on the high alert to prevent any kind of border-related illegal activities. Actions will be taken in line with the international and border laws if any tension arises, the minister opined.  

Responding to a question from treasury bench lawmaker AKM Rahmatullah, the minister said the government was implementing three projects to set up a fire station in each district.

It has taken up various initiatives to make the fire service more modern, he said, adding that the government already procured modern water pumps and necessary equipment spending Tk 223.38 crore and handed over those to different fire stations.

At least 414 fire stations are now in operation countrywide, he added.

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