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Indo-Bangla border will be fenced-up by the end of 2016 said Rajnath Singh. Picture: A representational image of India-Bangladesh border.wikimedia commons

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said that the fencing along the international border between Bangladesh and India will be completed by the end of 2016.

During the two-day visit to Assam, he further said that he was satisfied with the work-in-progress along the border.

Assam shares 263 km of the 4096-km international boundary between India and Bangladesh.

Singh, while visiting Karimganj, added that the 44 km border across the Brahmaputra River will also be completed and gaps that exist along the already established border will be filled.

"The border fence will be completed within this year. There will be no dearth of funds for this. Moreover, certain gaps that exist in the already installed fence will also be filled up soon," said Rajnath Singh during his visit.

Addressing security issues, he said: "The present government will not allow any subversive activities of insurgent groups. To prevent this, the government will take any type of action. At the same time, if insurgents want to come to the mainstream, the government will always welcome them. But there will be no compromise on sovereignty, economic development and social status of India."

The Centre is focusing on improving the roadways in the Northeast, Singh told Press Trust of India adding that Rs 92,000 crore has been sanctioned for improving road infrastructure there.

He also said that more importance will be given to the development of the Barak Valley in southern Assam. Cachar, Hailakandi and Karimganj fall under the Barak Valley district. The valley contains almost 15% of the Assamese population, according to 2011 data by the Assam government.

He is scheduled to visit the India-Bangladesh border in Dhubri sector on Monday.