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Chief Secys discuss internal security

Recent intelligence hint at the vulnerability of stock market, sea routes and uninhabited islands, which are safe haven for terrorists.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2007 20:59 IST

State Chief Secretaries are convening at New Delhi on Friday for discussions on a critical issue: Emerging threats to the country’s internal security with particular reference to Naxal violence.

Recent intelligence inputs have hinted at the vulnerability of the stock market, sea routes and the uninhabited islands, which could be used as a safe haven by terrorists.

After reviewing operational strategies to tackle Naxalism in nine states, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has also convened a specific meeting of the Coordination Centre on Naxalism on April 26.

At Friday’s conference, issues of food security and performance under centrally sponsored programs such as the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and National Rural Health Mission will also be discussed. The meeting will also discuss possible ways for improving business climate and governance strategies. Cabinet Secretary BK Chaturvedi will inaugurate the conference - being organized by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances.

The meeting is intended to serve the twin purpose of assessing the performance of different states over a period of time as also making an appraisal of the progress made in respect of various flagship programmes of different central nodal ministries, says an official statement.
It will also seek to remove impediments in speedy implementation of centrally sponsored schemes.

Home Secretary Madhukar Gupta and other senior MHA officials including Special Secretary (IS) ML Kumawat are expected to attend the meeting.