Menon calls for en­hanced bud­get for in­ter­nal se­cu­rity


Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor Shivshankar Menon has called for en­hanc­ing bud­get al­lo­ca­tion for in­ter­nal se­cu­rity to thwart any ter­ror­ist at­tacks from within and with­out. “The bud­get for in­ter­nal se­cu­rity is just one-sev­enth of the de­fence bud­get. So the prob­lem lies here.”

Menon, how­ever, said that there was con­sid­er­able suc­cess in thwart­ing ter­ror at­tempts de­spite a low bud­get for in­ter­nal se­cu­rity and men­tioned that 54 ter­ror strikes were averted in 2012. Menon was re­ply­ing to a query on the In­tel­li­gence Bureau alert on Pak­istan’s spy agency In­ter-Ser­vice In­tel­li­gences try­ing to fan com­mu­nal ten­sions by re­viv­ing Khal­is­tan rad­i­cal­ism and tar­get­ing Gu­jarat Chief Min­is­ter and BJP’s Prime Min­is­te­rial can­di­date Naren­dra Modi.

Menon was in Chandigarh to de­liver a lec­ture on sci­ence and se­cu­rity at the 79th an­nual meet­ing of the In­dian Academy of Sciences at the In­sti­tute of Mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy Tech­nol­ogy of Pan­jab Univer­sity.

For 2013-14, the UPA Gov­ern­ment had hiked de­fence al­lo­ca­tion by 5.3 per cent to ` 2,03,672.1 crore while the over­all al­lo­ca­tion to the Home Min­istry saw an in­crease of ` 6,767 crore from ` 47,681 crore in 2011-12 to ` 54,448 crore. Ac­cord­ing to global ter­ror­ism in­dex, pub­lished in De­cem­ber 2012 by the US and Aus­tralia-based In­sti­tute for Eco­nom­ics and Peace, In­dia was among the top five coun­tries most af­fected by ter­ror­ism. The other four were Iraq, Pak­istan, Afghanistan and Ye­men.

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