BSF has proposed nominating officials in both the border forces as the nodal officials for exchanging such real time intelligence.
The Director General, BSF has proposed initiating joint patrols in cattle smuggling/ smuggling prone areas to reduce the menace of all kinds of smuggling.
The BGB has welcomed the initiative and both the forces agreed that identification of vulnerable areas needs to be in response to the new methods being adopted by the trans-border smuggling syndicates.
Recognising the difficulties in identifying the nationality of mentally challenged persons, BSF has proposed creating a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to address such incidents on the border.
BGB has suggested issuing daily passes for the people residing in the bordering villages so that they can visit their relatives on the Indian side.
BSF has welcomed the suggestion and both the forces agreed to work out a mechanism in consultation with agencies/Ministries concerned to facilitate such social visits.
Reiterating the policy of zero tolerance against terrorism, BGB has requested specific intelligence and proposed conducting joint operations against insurgent groups, if any.
The DG BGB assured that there is no IIGs camp/hideout inside Bangladesh.
He mentioned that Bangladesh does not allow her soil to be used by any entity or element hostile to any country particularly India and assured all possible help in this regard.
The onset of COVID pandemic has forced both the forces to stop coordinated patrols on the border.
Both the Director Generals agreed to resume these patrols on the border to build mutual confidence in both the forces and also to reduce the cross-border crimes.
Both the border forces decided to continue their confidence-building measures and training programmes after the ongoing pandemic subsides.
Responding to the request of BGB, BSF assured its cooperation in completing all riverbank protection works in the bordering areas of Bangladesh as per approval of SAM Joint River Commission.
Earlier of the joint briefing, the both DGs signed at a Joint Record of Discussions of the 50th border conference.
Both sides agreed to undertake joint efforts to bring down the number of incidents of assault/attacks to zero by increasing coordinated patrols in vulnerable areas and educating the border population about the sanctity of IB and preventing criminals from crossing the IB (international border).