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'Need time to build capacity'

delhi Updated: Sep 10, 2011 00:15 IST
HT Correspondent
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P Chidambaram

Home minister P Chidambaram on Friday said it would take time to raise the counter-terrorism capacity that could meet the challenge posed by terrorism but added that India's capacity had reached modest levels since the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

On setting up of the overarching National Counter Terrorism Centre that was caught up due to turf wars between ministries, Chidambaram said the PM had recently said that the final round of discussions on setting up this body would take place soon.

The home minister said the country's sheer size, coupled with decades of "accumulated neglect", meant that building sufficient capacity would take time. "Besides, the presence of home grown terror meant that the government could no longer just point fingers across the border. There are Indian modules," he said.

Listing out the steps taken by the government, Chidambaram said lakhs of people were being recruited to the central paramilitary and state police forces over the last two years.

"There is no one who can say that from now, there will be no terror attack. What we can do, are doing and will do... is to build capacity, brick by brick so that we are in a position to prevent... and neutralise a terror attack," he said.

"There is not a day that passes that we are not adding a brick to our security system and to our security architecture," he said, pointing that the establishment dealt with terrorist, Naxal or insurgent threats from across the country.

But the home minister made it clear that everyone - and not just the policemen who worked in difficult conditions - had to chip in, right from the neighbourhood security guard to people who needed to be more disciplined.

The minister said the three major terror attacks - German bakery blast in Pune in 2010, Mumbai serial blasts in July this year and the HC blast - are 'blots'. But there have been blots on the government earlier too, he added.