Centre to scrap Free Movement Regime with Myanmar, says Shah

Syllabus: GS-II

Subject: International Relations

Topic: India & Its Neighbouring Countries.

Issue: Free Movement Regime.

Tag: #FMR #India-Myanmar #Bordering states.

Context: India scraped FMR between India and Myanmar to bolster internal security and preserve the demographic structure of North Eastern States bordering Myanmar.

  • It shares a border of 1,643 kilometres, spanning four states: Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, and Arunachal Pradesh.


Free Movement Regime (FMR):

  • Mutually agreed arrangements allow tribes living along the border to travel up to 16 km inside the other country without a visa.
  • Initiated in 2018 under the Act East policy during improved diplomatic relations.
  • Individuals require a border pass issued by the competent authority, valid for one year.

Act East Policy: to promote economic cooperation, cultural ties and develop strategic relationships with countries in the Indo-Pacific region.

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