In the wake of terror attacks, threats and Left-wing terror threatening security in the country, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today addressed the annual Director General of Police conference in New Delhi. At the event, he shared the challenges, the gaps and the progress report. The takeaway:
• Security environment in the country continues to be uncertain.
• Acts, like the recent attack on Delhi, a grim reminder of the grave challenges posed by terror to our national security. Over the last few years, Left-wing extremism has also claimed many innocent lives.
• In the context of Left-wing terror, there has been some success on ground, but a huge concerted effort required by both the Centre and the states; the role of the DGP crucial in ensuring more focused attention is given to this problem.
• Development the way to address Naxalism.
• Have asked rural devlopment ministers to make the necessary changes in the rules of schemes to address problems faced. The India Reserved Battalion to assist directly in these development efforts.
• In Jammu and Kashmir, the summer has been peaceful and a record number of tourists and yatris have visited the state. People have returned to participate in electoral processes of panchayats and local bodies. The empowerment of local bodies is important. A process of broad-based consensus initiated; dialogue the way ahead in Jammu and Kashmir.
• Cross-border terror camps being reactivated. There is no room for complacency in Jammu and Kashmir.
• In the North-East, there have been substantial improvements in the security. There is space for all of us to live together in peace and with dignity. The search for a political identity need not entail violence and can be pursued with peaceful dialogue. The situation in Darjeeling has improved.
• For the past few years, we have learnt some important lessons in dealing with terror. The grassroots intelligence collection system that has traditionally been the reserve of the police, has languished.
• Shortage of manpower another problem and we've tried to address this at a war footing.
• Security personnel serving far from homes unable to appreciate local needs and do not know the language, factors vital in securing local trust. The problem has been repeatedly addressed but more needs to be done.
• In a democracy, people venting their frustrations have to strike the balance and maintain law and order and use minimum non-lethal force. Have to chalk out new strategies to tackle demonstrations. The Jammu and Kashmir authorities have done well on that front.
• Constabulary is the main component of the security staff. Currently it is overstretched and burdened with too many functions. They do not have proper accommodation. It is not realistic to expect high levels of performance from them unless their living and work conditions are addressed. Also needed is the promotion of right attitude towards the public.
• Urge the conference to draw comprehensive modules on tackling cyber crime, as they have been rising over the years.
• Recently, our country witnessed an outburst against corruption. Security personnel must take pride in honestly discharging their duties.
• These are challenging times for security establishment. We have to deal with militancy, parochial and chauvanistic forces and tensions caused by social-economic inequity and rapid urbanisation. In tackling those, our police must function within bounds of democratic processes, where rights of citizens are scrupulously upheld and protected.
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Updated Date: Sep 16, 2011 12:10:32 IST