Home Minister Rajnath Singh praised the Narendra Modi government at the Centre on completion of its three-year anniversary, saying the security situation in India has improved dramatically since the NDA government took charge in 2014.
Rajnath said incidents of terror — both home-grown and external — were kept in check by the government in the last three years, and it did so because of cooperation with state governments.
“I assure that we will bring an end to Pakistan sponsored terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and establish peace and tranquility in the state. The situation in Kashmir has seen a lot of improvement and we can assure that the government will get the situation under control”, Singh said when addressing the media in New Delhi.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that in the three years of the Narendra Modi government, as many as 368 terrorists were neutralised between 2014-2017 by the Indian Army and Pakistan infiltration brought down by 45 per cent. Rajnath Singh also said that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir has improved since Modi has come to power. “After the surgical strikes by the Indian Army in September last year infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir has come down 45 percent,” Singh said.
Speaking about the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIS) presence in India, Rajnath Singh said that a total of 90 IS supporters were arrested across India in last three years. He also said that despite having a large number of Muslims in India, ISIS has not been able to maintain a stronghold in the country due to strict security at the borders.
The security situation in Jammu & Kashmir has improved; 368 terrorists have been neutralized between 2014-2017: Union Minister Rajnath Singh pic.twitter.com/Svr8zu6bMs
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As for Left-wing extremism (LWE), which claimed 25 CRPF jawans’ lives last month, Rajnath Singh said the Centre is in discussions with the governments of LWE-affected states, but claimed that things were already improving under the NDA. “I met chief ministers of all LWE-affected states, and we have a plan to tackle this menace. Comparing 2015 to 2011, the proportion of deaths has come down by 42% and numbers of those surrendered has gone up by over 100%. This makes me confident we will eliminate the problem altogether,” he said.
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To further improve the situation in these states, Rajnath said they will also focus on infrastructural development. “We will develop infrastructure rapidly in these states. In all, 5,412 km of roads will be built, for which funds have already been approved. Connectivity to these areas will improve because 2,187 mobile towers have come up, while 2,882 will come up soon. Furthermore, 752 ATMs and 1,789 post offices have also come up here,” he said.
“There is an improvement in the security situation in the country. Rajnath Singh also said that there has been a 25% drop in Naxal attacks in India. “We are strengthening the border infrastructure and the coastal security of our country,” he said.
About the NIA raids in the 21 locations in Kashmir and Delhi, Singh said that since NIA is an autonomous investigating body, they are doing what they are doing and refrained from commenting on it.
About Crime and Criminal Tracking Networks and Systems (CCTNS), he said, “More than one crores FIRs have been registered through online mechanism under CCTN.”
The Union Minister added that he wants a permanent solution to the Kashmir problem and will do that by taking Kashmiri people into confidence.
“This problem is since 1947. It can’t be resolved overnight (chutki mein). It will require time, but we will come out with a permanent solution. We are moving ahead in that direction and this government wants to arrive at a solution through talks. Whoever wants to talk to us, we are completely ready for it. We are ready for talks with the youth of Kashmir but there are certain forces that are misguiding them at Pakistan’s behest. We will take the Kashmiris into confidence before reaching a permanent solution,” HM Rajnath Singh added.