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Security tops PC’s Action Plan-II

The home ministry has drawn up what it calls Action Plan II, in accordance with the Prime Minister’s direction, for improving the security situation in the country.

delhi Updated: Jul 02, 2009 01:17 IST
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The home ministry has drawn up what it calls Action Plan II, in accordance with the Prime Minister’s direction, for improving the security situation in the country.

The plan is for the period June 1 to September 30, 2009, Home Minister P Chidambaram said on Wednesday.

Though the plan is for internal circulation, some of its objectives and goals will be put on the ministry’s website on Thursday, he said.

“On a review, I found that the first Action Plan (for February 21-May 31) has been substantially implemented.”

A few items, however, had spilled over. “Those had been included in the second action plan,” Chidambaram said, as he presented a report of his ministry’s activities in June, the first full month the new government has been in office.

He termed the Operation Lalgarh as the most important event in June. The operations were are still on, but the central forces had assisted the West Bengal Police in reclaiming most of the territory dominated by the Communist Party of India (Maoist) for nearly eight, he said.

“The operation is not yet complete. It, perhaps, is nearing completion,” he said.

The minister said the primary responsibility for maintaining law and order rested with the state government. After committing its own forces, if a state government makes a request for assistance, the Centre will provide an adequate number of personnel, he said.

The government had met the promise of setting up four new National Security Guard (NSG) hubs in the country. While the one in Mumbai got operational on Tuesday, the ones in Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata got functional Wednesday.

Under the coastal security scheme, 73 coastal police stations had been approved in nine states in the last one month and 59 were already functional, he said.

Eight kms of fencing and five kms of road works were completed along the Indo-Bangladesh border, he said. Thirty-one of the 33 immigration check posts had been provided with upgraded computer systems.

The director generals of central paramilitary forces were given enhanced financial powers for capital works and land acquisition, the minister said.

The government had placed order for automatic grenade launchers, grenades and handheld thermal imagers, he said.