MHA dis­cusses steps to com­bat ter­ror­ism


Ad­dress­ing the mem­bers of Con­sul­ta­tive Com­mit­tee at­tached to the Min­istry of Home Af­fairs (MHA) in New Delhi, the Union Home Min­is­ter Sushilku­mar Shinde in­formed that the Govern­ment has taken a se­ries of steps to com­bat ter­ror­ism in the coun­try.

He men­tioned that the le­gal regime and mech­a­nism for counter ter­ror­ism like amend­ments of Un­law­ful Ac­tiv­i­ties (Preven­tion) Act, 1967 in 2008 and 2012, shar­ing of in­tel­li­gence through close and ef­fec­tive co­or­di­na­tion amongst Cen­tral and State level agen­cies and cre­ation of four re­gional hubs (Mum­bai, Hyderabad, Chen­nai and Kolkata) of National Se­cu­rity Guards (NSG) to cover the whole coun­try has strength­ened the ef­forts to com­bat ter­ror­ism.

He in­formed the mem­bers that the es­tab­lish­ment of National In­ves­ti­ga­tion Agency (NIA) for deal­ing with cases of ter­ror­ism ex­clu­sively, bor­der se­cu­rity mea­sures to guard land bor­der through fenc­ing along with flood light­ing and bor­der roads on the Indo-Pak­istan and Indo-Bangladesh bor­der has also im­proved the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion.

Shinde fur­ther in­formed that the mod­erni­sa­tion of state po­lice forces, steps to deal with the is­sue of fake In­dian cur­rency notes (FICN) and NATGRID, en­vis­aged to link fur­ther data­bases for cre­at­ing ac­tion­able in­tel­li­gence is also un­der es­tab­lish­ment. He men­tioned that the re­cent at­tack on the Army con­voy by mil­i­tants, the bru­tal at­tack by CPI (Maoists) in Chat­tis­garh’s Bas­tar dis­trict and at­tacks on a train at Jamui in Bi­har were at­tacks on In­dia’s demo­cratic val­ues and freedom to par­tic­i­pate in po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties. The Home Min­is­ter said that the govern­ment is com­mit­ted to make all out ef­forts to ad­dress the gen­uine griev­ances of de­prived sec­tions of so­ci­ety as the de­vel­op­ment can­not hap­pen in an en­vi­ron­ment of ter­ror. He said that the acts of vi­o­lence against in­no­cents will be dealt firmly.

Fur­ther ex­plain­ing the sit­u­a­tion of in­ter­nal se­cu­rity, the Home Min­is­ter men­tioned that there is an im­prove­ment in the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try dur­ing the last year. The Min­is­ter stated that the ter­ror­ist threat and chal­lenges to in­ter­nal se­cu­rity can be broadly cat­e­gorised com­ing from four cat­e­gories namely Jammu and Kash­mir ( J&K), North Eastern States, left wing ex­trem­ism (LWE) and ter­ror­ism in the hin­ter­land of the coun­try. The Min­is­ter also in­formed the mem­bers about the em­ploy­ment gen­er­a­tion scheme like “Udaan” and “Hi­mayat” in the State of J&K. He said that the Cen­tral Govern­ment is con- tin­u­ously as­sist­ing the North Eastern states by de­ploy­ing Cen­tral Armed Po­lice Forces to as­sist the state po­lice in their coun­terin­sur­gency op­er­a­tions against the mil­i­tant out­fits and aug­ment­ing and up­grad­ing their po­lice force by way of sanc­tion of In­dian Re­served Bat­tal­ion.

The LWE is one of our gravest chal­lenges and the strat­egy to be adopted to com­bat vi­o­lence in th­ese ar­eas has to be a com­bi­na­tion of se­cu­rity mea­sures cou­pled with de­vel­op­ment. As far as ter­ror­ism in the hin­ter­land is con­cerned, the coun­try wit­nessed two ma­jor bomb blasts in 2013, first in Hyderabad and sec­ond in Ben­galuru.

Ear­lier, Union Home Sec­re­tary Anil Goswami in­tro­duced the agenda and stated that there has been con­tin­u­ous ef­forts to bring about bet­ter ini­tia­tives to tackle ter­ror­ism by com­pre­hen­sive rules of en­gage­ment, inclusive of le­gal frame­work, ad­di­tional re­cruit­ments, in­tel­li­gence net­work and co­or­di­na­tion with civil ad­min­is­tra­tion, bor­der man­age­ment, mo­bil­ity and com­mu­ni­ca­tion sys­tem for im­prov­ing the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion and com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism are other mea­sures in this re­gard, he added.

The mem­bers de­lib­er­ated on all as­pects of com­bat­ing ter­ror­ism in the coun­try and dis­cussed the re­cent in­ci­dents of se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the State of Jammu and Kash­mir, North Eastern States, LWE, co­or­di­na­tion amongst se­cu­rity agen­cies, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pol­icy and se­cu­rity ar­range­ments along the bor­ders. The Com­mit­tee also ap­pre­ci­ated the ser­vices of the forces in­clud­ing para­mil­i­tary forces in re­lief and res­cue work dur­ing the re­cent Ut­trak­hand floods.

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