Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Chidambaram: we’ll raise level of preparedness

Special Correspondent

Home Minister P. Chidambaram assuming charge in New Delhi on Monday.

NEW DELHI: Asserting that he was fully aware of the security situation and the issues that had to be addressed, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday said terrorism, naxalite violence and insurgency in the northeast were the key challenges.

He said the new government would respond to any threat to security, the public order and communal harmony with speed and decisiveness. “We will raise the level of preparedness to meet the increasing threat to security, public order and communal harmony,” he told journalists here on the first day of his joining office in the Ministry.

Modern systems

Mr. Chidambaram said the government would respond to any of these threats using modern systems, highly trained human resource and advanced technological tools.

Signalling that the Centre was determined to deal with Left-wing extremism with an iron hand, he said the Centre’s action plan was to first carry out a “police action followed by development.”

“Naxalites are anti-development. We build schools, they demolish the school buildings. Telecom operators put up mobile towers, they blast those towers. We build panchayat houses, they blast those houses.”

According to the directions of the Prime Minister, the Home Ministry would draw up another 100-day plan to be be taken up for implementation from June 1, Mr. Chidambaram said.

Decisive leadership

The Congress’ manifesto and another document, “Protecting India from Terror,” pledged a strong and decisive leadership to meet the challenge of terrorism. “These two documents will serve as guide and help bring a focus to the efforts of the Ministry of Home,” he said.

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