As he prepared to answer questions on controversies, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday drew solace from improvements on the internal security front and asserted his government’s seriousness to find an “honourable solution” to the problems in India.
In his opening remarks at his interaction with television journalists, Singh broached the “turbulence” in Jammu & Kashmir, saying there were signs that the situation was coming under control and that people of the state could “look forward to orderly development processes”.
Singh also referred to report of the panel headed by former RBI Governor C Rangarajan’s on the employment in J&K. “If that report is implemented, it would bring a fresh ray of hope to young people in J&K who are eagerly searching for productive employment opportunities,” the prime minister said.
On the internal security front where UPA-I was left open to criticism before P Chidambaram moved into the home ministry, the PM said this had been an area of great concern. “I wouldn’t like to say that we are not worried about terrorist acts. We are better prepared to deal with acts of terror and prevent many potential terrorist acts,” he said. “And I think the government deserves some credit,” Singh said.
When asked if dialogue with Ulfa too would take years as had happened in case of the Nagas, Singh said it was too early to look at timelines. “I think the process has just started. It would bring me greatest happiness if we can say that we can complete it immediately but I know that we are dealing with a difficult problem,” he said.
Referring to his meeting with Ulfa leaders, he said, “I assured them the government is absolutely serious to find an honourable solution to all the issues.”