Faced with an adverse internal security scenario, the Centre has decided to set up 20 counter-insurgency and anti-terrorism schools in various parts of the country to train the police force to tackle terrorism and insurgency.
In an affidavit in response to a PIL filed by noted jurist Soli Sorabjee in the Supreme Court after the 26/11 terrorist strikes, the Centre said specific deployments were being made on different borders for continuous vigil to check infiltration.
Also a Mega City Policing Scheme has been initiated to enable state governments to meet the unique policing needs of the seven-mega cities — Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad.
The Union Home Ministry said although policing was a state subject, the government has taken up the task of modernizing the state police forces to meet “the emerging challenges to internal security in the form of terrorism, naxalism etc.”
Asserting that it has been pursuing a multi-pronged strategy to counter terrorism, the Centre sought dismissal of the petition, which wanted the court to issue a series of directions to the government to enhance India’s internal security.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India K.G. Balakrishnan, which had issued notice to the Centre, will hear the matter on Tuesday.