Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday wrapped up his Kashmir tour with strict instructions to security forces for zero tolerance towards terrorism. The message was clear that there could be no compromise on national security.
Amit Shah made it clear that there has be continued strict action against terror funding and the Rule of Law must be enforced.
In the security review meeting, the security agencies gave a detailed briefing, the results of the last one years’ effort in containing militancy. While the improvements in the security were noted and appreciated, there was a detailed discussion on what further improvements could be made for restoring normalcy in the state.
In a statement, Chief BVR Subramanian said, “Anti-terror operations won’t stop”.
The home minister lauded efforts of Jammu and Kashmir police which is at the forefront of fighting terror.
During the review of the preparations for the Amarnath Yatra, the Union Home Minister directed all security agencies to be alert and take all preventive steps to ensure violence-free Yatra. He directed that there should be no laxity in the enforcement of the SOPs and senior officers should personally supervise the arrangements at all levels.
Forces should ensure best possible optimum use of the latest technologies and the gadgets not only for the security of the yatra but also to facilitate the movement of the devotees and the tourists, Amit Shah said. He specifically drew the attention of the forces towards anti-sabotage as well as anti-subversion drills and the access control procedures.
Amit Shah also interacted with a representative group of sarpanches from the state to gain an insight into the current state of functioning of panchayats in the state. During the visit, the Union Home Minister also visited the home of the martyred Inspector of J&K Police, Arshad Khan.
The meetings in Srinagar were attended by the Governor, Union Home Secretary, all four Advisors, the Chief Secretary and senior officials of the state and central governments, of security agencies and armed forces.
The review covered a wide range of issues connected with improving the economic condition of the people of Jammu & Kashmir, providing them with employment and livelihood opportunities, giving them the benefit of social security schemes, and raising their incomes.
The review included, among others, good governance, accelerating development, strengthening the Panchayat and Municipal system, fast-tracking the implementation of the Prime Minister Development Package, building first-rate infrastructure, inclusive growth for all communities, balanced regional development with special emphasis on employment generation, and reaching out to the youth.
Amit Shah’s visit was largely concerned with security and development and steered clear of any meeting with mainstream or separatist parties.