Sunday, August 16, 2009

Prime Minister to inaugurate Conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security tomorrow

A Conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security will be held here tomorrow. The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh will inaugurate the Conference which will assess the levels of preparedness to meet terrorism and other internal security challenges.

The Conference will review the steps taken in order to enhance the capability of security forces to meet internal security challenges as also the preparedness to meet any terrorist threats or attacks. The Conference will focus on operational preparedness of Quick Response Teams, strengthening of State Special Branches and Intelligence Wings, steps to tackle the fake currency menace, development of guidelines for security of places with large footfalls, police reforms and better police-community interaction besides issues of border management. Issues of coastal security including operationalisation of new interceptor boats will also be discussed.

A separate session has been earmarked for discussion on issues related to left wing extremism where Chief Ministers from seven naxal-affected States will interact with the Union Home Minister. The States are Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Orissa, Bihar and West Bengal.

The day-long meeting will also take stock of implementation of the decisions taken at the Chief Ministers’ Conference held on 6th January this year.


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