As part of its multi-pronged strategy to deal with terrorism, the Centre has decided to give special emphasis on strengthening police forces by raising new battalions, filling existing vacancies and providing modern weapons to them.
Intensive training to police personnel and ensuring that states have better transport facilities are some other salient features of the latest approach of the security establishment to deal with the menace, according to sources in the Union Home Ministry.
Sources said these measures were being taken as a follow up action to the meeting of chief ministers convened by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi last month to have a close look at the internal security situation in the country.
Collection of intelligence at the national, state, district and local levels and sharing of inputs were other thrust areas, they said.
With intelligence agencies warning further intensification of terror attacks, the Prime Minister had sought closer cooperation between the Centre and states and asked chief ministers to personally monitor steps to improve intelligence generation and collection.
Identifying development as a key issue to strike at the root of terrorism, an Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) will be set up soon and it is likely to be headed by the Finance Minister with the Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission as a member. The EGoM has been proposed by the Prime Minister.