Pashupatinagar, Nov. 23: Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli's scheduled programme of observing the Nepal-India border area in Ilam has been affected due to bad weather.
He was scheduled to observe the border area with the inauguration of border security post of the Armed Police Force (APF) Nepal set up at Jaubari hill, one of the best tourism destinations in Ilam.
As per the schedule, the Prime Minister was to arrive at Jaubari at 2pm and observe the border area, inaugurate the border security outpost and address the general public.
The helicopter carrying the PM could not land due to dense fog. So Province no 1 government's Minister for Internal Affairs and Law Hikmat Karki inaugurated the border security post set up at Jaubari on the border between Sandakpur and Maijogmai rural municipality.
On the occasion, Minister Karki said criminal activities would be checked with the presence of the government agency at the border area which was being guarded by the civilians.
Province no 1 government's Minister of State for Agriculture, Land Management and Cooperatives, Ram Bahadur Magar underlined the need for constructing border road along the Nepal-India border.
Province Assembly member Khinulangwa Limbu, Kajiman Kagate and Dhirendra Sharma Raman, chief of the District Coordination Committee, Ganesh Baral, APF Baraha Brigade chief Banshiraj Dahal, Sandakpur rural municipality chairman Udaya Rai and Maijogmai rural municipality chair Jeet Bahadur Rai believed that the people will now feel secure with the security reinforcements at the border area.
Around 2,000 people from northern belt of Ilam had assembled at the venue of the programme where the Prime Minister was said to attend.
Ilam shares 52.5 kilometres long border with India to the east from Sandakpur to Jirmale. Border outposts are being constructed one after the other along this border at present.
Chief District Officer Tulasiram Sedahain said Ilam's border has become secured with the establishment of border outposts (BOPs) at Pashupatinagar, Kalpokhari, Chhabbise, Samalbung, Salakpur and Jaubari.