Thursday, December 20, 2007

Crucial security meet

12/20/2007 8:58:25 AM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (file)
Against the grim backdrop of Assam's banned ULFA collaborating with Islamic jihadis, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will chair a meeting on the nation's internal security today (December 20).

Chief ministers of nearly all states are likely to participate in the meeting. The Cabinet Secretary, Union Home Seceretary, the National Security Advisor and the Director of the Intelligence Bureau will also be present at the meeting.

Critical areas like internal security, the issue of Jammu and Kashmir, security concerns in the north-eastern states and the Naxal problem will be discussed.

The issue of setting up of a federal agency to deal with terror related crimes will also figure prominently in the internal security meeting. Union Home secretary Madhukar Gupta told TIMES NOW that building up a consensus around this particular issue was a priority.

"The Naxalites want to exploit lack of development - they do not want development to take place. It is necessary to expose this contrast that while on one hand the Naxalites claim to be fighting in the interests of ordinary people they are actually sabotaging their development. So we need to move forward simultaneously on both counts - development and security," said Gupta yesterday.

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