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Hotspots of violence are becoming hotspots of development: Amit Shah

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“After abrogation of Article 370, there has been a new beginning of peace and progress in J&K”

Surajkund: Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah addressed the first day of a two-day ‘Chintan Shivir’ at Surajkund, Haryana today wherein Chief Ministers and Home Ministers of States besides Lieutenant Governors and Administrators of Union Territories are participating.

“This Chintan Shivir, is being organized with the aim to provide a common platform to face challenges before the nation such as cyber-crime, spread of narcotics and cross-border terrorism in unison,” Shah said.

He said the nature of crimes is changing and they are becoming borderless, that is why all States will have to battle these by having a common strategy.

“To formulate and implement this common strategy, the Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, under the spirit of ‘Cooperative Federalism’, ‘Whole of Government’ and ‘Team India’ approach is promoting the 3C’s, that is Cooperation, Coordination, Collaboration between the Centre and the States,” said the Home Minister.

The Union Home Minister said that the areas affected by Left Wing Extremism, Jammu and Kashmir and the North Eeast, which were once hot spots of violence and unrest, are now becoming hot spots of development.

He said the security situation in the North East has improved significantly in the last eight years and since 2014 there has been a 74 percent reduction in insurgency incidents, 60 percent in casualties amongst security forces and about 90 percent in civilian casualties.

“Apart from this, efforts have been made to establish lasting peace in the region by signing of agreements with the NLFT, Bodo, Bru, Karbi Anglong under which more than 9,000 militants have surrendered. He said with the restoration of peace in the North East, AFSPA has been withdrawn from more than 60 percent areas,” he said.

Highlighting the improvement in the situation in the LWE affected areas, Shah said the incidents of violence in these areas have come down by 77 percent and deaths in these incidents have reduced by more than 85 percent.

Shah said after the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, 2019, there has been a new beginning of peace and progress there.

“Compared to 37 months before August 5, 2019, there has been a 34 percent reduction in terrorist incidents and 54 percent reduction in deaths amongst security forces in the 37 months after August 5, 2019,” he said.

He said that the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has followed a zero tolerance policy against terrorism and the NIA and other agencies are being strengthened to achieve a decisive victory over it.

Shah informed that before 2024, efforts are being made to set up an anti-terror network by setting up NIA branch in all the states, adding to achieve a decisive victory in the fight against terrorism, the legal framework is being strengthened, under which provision has been made to declare individual terrorists by amending the NIA and UAPA laws. He said that the NIA has been given extra territorial jurisdiction and along with this the agency has also been given the right to confiscate the property acquired/related to terrorism.

Shah said that by 2024, a target has been set to establish branches of NIA in all the states of the country.

He said cyber-crime is a big threat before the nation and the world today and the Ministry of Home Affairs is ready to fight against it. He said that the Ministry of Home Affairs is continuously working on reforms in CRPC, IPC and FCRA and soon their revised blueprint will be tabled in Parliament.

Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha attended ‘Chintan Shivir’ at Surajkund, Haryana today. Chief Ministers of the States, Home Ministers of States, Lieutenant Governors and Administrators of Union Territories are participating in the event.

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