With an aim to jointly curb the various trans-border crimes and timely sharing of information, the Border Security Force (BSF) and the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) will sit for the 50th Director General Level Border Co-ordination Conference in Dhaka from Wednesday (Sept 16).

The conference will continue for four days.

Officials said during this conference, the BSF delegation of India, led by Rakesh Asthana, Director General, will meet a BGB delegation, headed by Md Shafeenul Islam, Director General, BGB.

“The conference is being organized to discuss the border-related issues and for better coordination between both border guarding forces,” officials told Northeast Now.

Further, there will be deliberations on developmental and infrastructural works, joint efforts for effective implementation of Co-ordinated Border Management Plan (CBMP) and Confidence Building Measures (CBMs).

The last BSF-BGB Border Co-ordination Conference was held in December last year in New Delhi.

The Joint India-Bangladesh guidelines for Border Authorities – 1975 envisage that there should be frequent contacts between the border authorities of the two concerned countries to discuss the matters of immediate administrative concern.

An Indian delegation under the leadership of Ashwani Kumar, former Director General of BSF and the Bangladesh delegation under the leadership of Major General Quazi Golam Dastgir, former Director General of BDR (now BGB) met at Kolkata in 1975 for the first time to discuss mutual border problems.

Since then, the meetings between DG BSF and DG BGB were held annually alternatively in India and Bangladesh till 1993.

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