Saturday, February 06, 2010

Naxalism biggest threat to internal security: Manmohan Singh

Manmohan Singh

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today described Naxalism and cross border terrorism as biggest threat to country's internal security.

United efforts are needed to fight terrorists, Maoists and communal forces that pose "major threats" to our internal security, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said Sunday as he asked the state and central governments to face the challenge with firm determination.

"Utmost vigil, sustained and coordinated efforts of the central and state governments are needed. We must periodically review the systems that are in place and ensure the safety and security of our country and our citizens," Manmohan Singh said while inaugurating the internal security conclave for state chief ministers held here.

The prime minister listed terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast, Maoist insurgency in tribal-dominated central India and communal forces as "major threats" to the country.

"All of you are aware of the major threats to our security. Hostile groups and elements operate from across the border to perpetrate terrorist acts in our country. The state of Jammu and Kashmir bears the brunt of the acts of these groups.

"There is insurgency and violence in the northeast. Many states are affected by the Leftwing extremism, which I have in the past referred to as the greatest threat to our security.

The prime minister noted that there are also people "who try to divide our society on communal and regional lines".

"Each one of these threats require a firm determination and continuous vigil to tackle them. These threats to our society and people constitute a challenge that we shall and must meet at all costs," he said.

Reacting on internal security, Singh said, "Centre and State governments should periodically review the security system."

He said that shortage of policemen is acute problem in fighting naxalism. He said that state governments should increase budget for police infrastructure reforms. He further said that more recruitment should be done to meet the required manpower.

Expressing disappointment over situation in J&K, the Prime Minister said that infiltration bid increased in the valley last year while the number of terror attacks declined in 2009.

On the other hand, Home Minister P Chidamabaram also pitched for police system reforms in the country to tackle the naxalism and terror.

He also urged states to recruit more policemen. He thanked Bangladesh for its approach in tackling insurgency in North-East

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