Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Govt approves phase-wise induction of surveillance equipments

Government has approved a proposal for phase-wise induction of hi-tech electronic surveillance equipments, including night vision devices, on the country's borders with Pakistan, Bangladesh, China and Myanmar, Rajya Sabha was informed today.

The deployment of these equipments would enhance the border monitoring capabilities of the border guarding forces considerably, Minister of state for Home S Reghupathy said in a written reply.

Naxalism: Minister of state for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal said that there are "fraternal and logistic" links between Nepalese Maoists and naxalite groups in India.

Keeping in view the CPN(Maoist) activities in Nepal and their likely impact on India, SSB and BSF have intensified vigil along the Indo-Nepal border, he said adding states bordering Nepal have also been advised to intensify vigil and patrolling in border areas to prevent ingress of the Maoist elements.

Akhil Bharat Nepal Ekta Samaj, a CPN (Maoist) front, continues to be banned as a terrorist organisation, he said.

To another question, Reghupathy said there was no perceptible increase in the strength of the tribals in the North East or in the naxal affected states. However, he said that the number of violence incidence in North-East during the current year till 31st July, 2005 has reduced by five per cent as compared to last year.

Jaiswal informed the Upper House that the present strength of hardcore Naxalite cadres was around 9300 and their arms holding includes around 6300 regular weapons and a large number of country-made arms.

He said 76 districts in nine states, namely Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pardesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal are affected by Naxalite violence/activity in varying degrees.

Battalion: Demands have been received from North-Eastern States for more India Reserve Battalions and the Centre has sanctioned it considering that overall there is no bar on recruitment of local people in the IR Battalions, he said.

Foreigners: 536 foreigners were arrested during the last three years (2002-04) under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985, Reghupathy said.

Rasheed: Jaiswal said Pakistani Minister for Information was denied visa to visit Srinagar as all citizens of India and Pakistan (but not the third country nationals) can travel on the bus within the territory of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, including Gilgit and Baltistan.

Force: Based on the lessons learnt from the past, there has been a change in the disaster management policy orientation in India from a relief centric approach to a holistic multi-disciplinary and multi-sectoral approach encompassing all the elements of disaster management, i.E. prevention, mitigation preparedness, response, relief and rehabilitation, Reghupathy said.

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