September 10th, 2011
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Need to beef up investigating agencies: PM at NIC

manmohan-singhNew Delhi: Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh while addressing the 15th National Integration Council (NIC) stated that the Delhi blasts show that there could not be any let up in intelligence. He stressed the need to combat divisive forces and radicalization of youth.”We must strengthen our investigative agencies and upgrade our intelligence gathering apparatus to effectively tackle terrorism,” Manmohan Singh said.

“Terrorism and Left-wing extremism are two major challenges to the society,” he said. The NIC meet discussed measures to promote communal harmony, eliminate discrimination especially against minorities and scheduled tribes and ways in which the state and police should handle civil disturbances.

Manmohan Singh said that naxalism had a development dimension and that the central government was making special efforts for the development of backward areas, many of which are affected by left wing extremism. He said, ” The central and state governments have to work together to confront the challenges to our internal security and we will strive hard for greater coordination, not only between the centre and the state but also between states.”

The Prime Minister stated that there is a need to maintain continuous vigil to prevent intercommunity disharmony. He said that the investigation agencies must be free from bias and prejudices.

Manmohan Singh sated that, the centre and the state had a role to play to deal with civil disturbances. He said that the excessive use of force can be counter – productive. According to the Prime Minister,” We need to distinguish between criminal activities and misguided discontent which finds unlawful expression. The home ministry has circulated instructions for dealing with crime in a non lethal manner. He asked the chief ministers to ensure that they are made operational by appropriately training and equipping the state police forces.”

Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi skipped the meet and sources said that he is upset with the Centre for its refusal to take back the notification issued by Gujarat Governor Kamla Beniwal to independently appoint a Lokayukta for the state.

The last meeting of the NIC was held here Oct 13, 2008. The NIC is headed by the Prime Minister and includes union ministers, leaders of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and in the Rajya Sabha, Chief Ministers of all the states and union territories which have legislatures, leaders of national political parties and regional political parties, chairpersons of national commissions, eminent public figures and representatives from media.



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