INTERNAL SECURITY TOP PRIORITY
Promising “zero tolerance on terror” and to “deal with insurgent groups with a firm hand” as one of the BJP’s 2014 poll manifesto, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has directed the ministry to expedite and complete all pending dialogues with various Northeast insurgent outfits within a specific time frame.
After taking charge as the new Home Minister, Singh held a three-hour long meeting with senior officials wherein he had asked them for an actionable blueprint with regard to internal security as well as ideas to resolve border disputes with neighbouring countries without compromising national interests.
The Home Minister had asked officials to focus on completing the ongoing negotiations with various militant outfits at the earliest, sources said. “The Home Minister made it clear that solutions should not compromise the national security…. He also maintained that the ministry officials should work fast and must show results quickly,” the sources added.
Sources said internal security, Northeast, Jammu & Kashmir, Centre-state relations and Naxal division will be on top of the agenda of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
“All these five division heads were asked to prepare individual presentation related to issues which need immediate attention of the government. The Home Minister made it clear that he needed actionable points and a time-bound plan to implement a particular security programme and has asked the officers to make a list of programmes where his intervention is required,” sources said.
It maybe mentioned that the BJP’s 2014 election manifesto points out that the party would– “deal with insurgent groups with a firm hand. “Talks with the insurgent groups will be conditional and within the framework of the constitution”.
The meeting was attended by Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, senior officials of the ministry, including Home Secretary Anil Goswami. Sources said that the MHA officials are likely to make another presentation on internal security, North East, Jammu & Kashmir and Left wing extremism.
Meanwhile, heads of three intelligence agencies– Research and Analysis Wing, Intelligence Bureau and National Technical Research Organisation also met union Home Minister Friday and briefed him about security situation in India and its neighbourhood.
Singh was briefed about their respective organisations, intelligence gathering mechanism and inputs on security situation in the country as well as its neighbourhood, official sources said. During the meeting, the three heads are learnt to have shared information about activities of terrorist groups, militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and insurgency in the Northeast.
Illegal immigration issue: Illegal immigration from Bangladesh was also a major issue discussed during the meeting.
The minister was briefed about the problems along the international border, like infiltration from Bangladesh and the dispute with Pakistan on Sir Creek, and how to resolve them. Singh had asked his officials to let him know what kind of intervention he could make to facilitate inter-ministerial coordination, sanction of funds and ensuring cooperation of Central and state governments.
‘Will ensure security of people from NE’
Taking note of series of harassment of people from the Northeast living in different parts of the country, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the issue was an area of concern and directed that the security of those hailing from the Northeast must be ensured at any cost.
Singh directed Home Ministry officials to ensure security of the people from Northeast, particularly those living in metros, and said their harassment cannot be tolerated.
Following his order, the Home Ministry will soon issue an advisory to all states, where there are sizeable numbers of people from the Northeast, to sensitize their police and take a serious note of any complaint of harassment, official sources said.
The Ministry of Home Affairs will ask the states to ensure zero tolerance to any such harassment and take speedy steps upon receiving any complaint of atrocity on people from Northeast and deploy adequate security personnel for their protection.
The states will also be asked to hold regular seminar, workshop to sensitize local people about the culture, customs and way of life of the people from the Northeast and respect it.