The central government has decided to scrap the India-Myanmar Free Movement Regime (FMR).
Need of the move
- Myanmar is currently under military dictatorship.
- The country is facing the rebellion of ethnic armed groupsand pro-democracy forces.
- Due to the crisis, there has been a significant influx of people from Myanmarto bordering Indian states.
- The FMR came into existence in 2018 as a part of India’s Act East policy.
- It allows cross-border movement up to 16 km without a visa.
- The agreement was brought to facilitate local border trade, improve access to education and healthcare for border residents, and strengthen diplomatic ties.
- Under the agreement, individuals were also allowed to up to two weeks in the neighbouring country by getting a one-year border pass.
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