Homeland Security - SUPREME
ASSOCHAM, the Apex Chamber for Commerce and Industry had setup the National Council on Homeland Security, post 26/11 terrorist attack on Mumbai, India's financial capital. Since then this Council has been coordinating closely with all the important stakeholders including the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Defence, Government of India on issues of National importance. ASSOCHAM National Council on Homeland Security is Chaired by Mr.D.R.Ka art hike yan (F mr. Director CBI & Padma Shri Awardee) and Co-chaired by Mr. Anil Dhawan.
This year the ASSOCHAM National Council on Homeland Security organised the two days 6th Annual International Conference cum Exhibition on Homeland Security with the theme: 'Integrated Approach to Security' on November 16-17,2017.
The Conference covered topical subjects on Integrated Approach to Security, Safeguarding Ports, Metros, Railways & Transportation Systems with Intelligent Solutions, Operational Challenges in Counter Insurgency including Drones and UAV's, Disaster Management including Radioactive and Biological Threats, Security of Educational Institutions, Border Area Management: Challenges and Opportunities, Role of Technology in Smart Policing, Cyber Forensic and Data Analytics.
Speaking at the Conference, Mr. Jitendra Singh, Union MoS for Prime Minister Office, Personnel, said that going ahead, security related technologies would further evolve as such there is a need to be proactive and presumptive for carrying on with future combat success. "We also have to have a research endeavour which is deeply rooted in the Indian conditions and requirements."
"In north-east we have had very few incidents of insurgency happening except for the
isolated incidents here and there", said Dr. Singh. There is a visibly high morale of people living in the border belt who for the first time are witnessing a decisive action and want a logical conclusion for the same. "1 think it is a complement for the political dispens'ation, clarity ofPM's vision, high professional competence of security forces which has generated an unusual kind of confidence in the civilian population." "That deterrent effecthas now created confidence which was lacking for quite a few years," he added.
. On Moody's Investor Services lifting Government of India's local and foreign currency debt ratings to Baa2 from Baa3, the Union Minister said that the single-most credit goes to Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi whose graph is going higher and higher with each passing day not only within the country but internationally.
"1 think it is a matter of pride for each one of us, 125 crore people of this country have vindicated all that PM Modi stands for and it is for the first time in 70 years of Indian democracy that the commonly used jargon of anti-incumbency stands negated as it has been so overwhelmingly overtaken by pro-incumbency", said Dr. Singh.
Commenting on the issue of a Kashmiri youth footballer who had joined a militant organisation and subsequently surrendered to the security forces, the Minister reiterated that common youth in Kashmir wishes to be a part of the mainstream development journey of India led by Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi. "Even this year we have had as many as 18-19 young boys and
girls from terror affected districts of Kashmir valley who made it to the IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), so it is clear that the youth of Kashmir is as much as aspirational as youth in any other part of the country," he said.
Earlier in the day, while inaugurating the conference, Mr. Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Union MoS for Home Affairs, said that it is not only China or Pakistan but Bangladesh poses an equally bigger challenge to our national security.
"Bangladesh is only a socalled friend because evidently it has caused India most harm through illegal intrusion and ass u ch going ahead it is only the smart technologies which will help us curb this menace," he added.
The Union Minister also informed that Government had deployed security related various modern technologies and "'~~:....
,equipment to keep a check on intrusion in Kashmir and are using the same on other fronts be it dealing with naxalites, growing issues of youth radicalisation in Kerala, security of railways, airports and other such places.
Mr. Ahir ensured the industry that Government will look into their demands and suggestions. "The industry must come up with indigenously developed smart technologies and Government will help in Research and Development (R&D) in this regard."
He added that Government will work in tandem with private industry to deal wi th all the homeland security related threats and challenges faced by the country.
(R-L) Mr. Iqbal Singh Jagdeva, Manging Director, Turbo Consultancy services Pvt. Ltd. & Former President, APSA International, Mr. Chetan Seth, Chairman & Managing Director, The Chemon Group, Mr. AnilDhawan, Co-chairman, ASSOCHAM National Council on Homeland Security, Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State, Prime Minister Office Personnel, Government of India, Mr. D. S. Rawat, Secretary General, ASSOCHAM, Mr. D. R. Kaarthikeyan, IPS(Retd.), Chairman, ASSOCHAM National Council on Homeland Security, Dr. N. C. Asthana, IPS, DGP Modernization, Kerala Police and Maj. Gen. Anil Oberoi (Retd.), Defence Consultant, SMPP Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. D. S. Rawat, Secretary General, ASSOCHAM welcoming Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State, Prime Minister Office Personnel, Government of India. Mr. Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Minister of State for Home Affairs releasing the Conference Background Paper along with (L-R) Mr. D. S. Rawat, Secretary General, Mr. Anil Dhawan, Co-chairman, National Council on Homeland Security, ASSOCHAM, Kunwar Vikram Singh, Chairman, Central Association of Private Security Industry, Mr. D. R. Kaarthikeyan, Chairman, ASSOCHAM National Council for Homeland Security, Mr. Sandeep Jajodia, President, ASSOCHAM and Lt. Gen. Shokin Chauhan, Director General, Assam Rifles
Mr Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Minister of State for Home Affairs addressing the audience. Mr. SandeepJajodia, President, ASSOCHAM welcoming Mr. Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Minister of State for Home Affairs at ASSOCHAM 6th International Conference & Exhibition on Homeland Security in New Delhi.