Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra on Tuesday stressed on the need for close and effective coordination among all security forces and intelligence agencies to maintain peace and order in the state.
“Peace is imperative for growth and development, and thus, all agencies involved in maintaining the rule of law have to play an important role,” said the governor, while chairing a meeting of the unified headquarters at the civil secretariat here.
The meeting was attended by GOC-in-C, Northern Command, chief secretary, J&K director general of police, home secretary, corps commanders, inspector general of the Border Security Force (BSF) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and senior officers of the central intelligence agencies among others.
The meeting deliberated on various important issues relating to the internal and external security situation in the State.
Officers representing various agencies briefed the meeting about the measures being taken on different fronts to safeguard the frontiers and maintain internal order.
Addressing the meeting, Vohra expressed his satisfaction over security management in the past year despite continuing challenges on many fronts.
He complimented the security forces and intelligence agencies for achieving a very high level of convergence on the anti-militancy front.
The governor observed that joint efforts of the agencies had resulted in neutralising the inimical elements and enabled a high voter turnout in the recently-concluded assembly elections, which were altogether free, fair and transparently conducted.
The meeting reviewed security situation in all border areas — along the International Border (IB), Line of Control (LoC) and Line of Actual Control (LAC) — and analysed issues concerning cross-border movements and infiltration attempts across the IB and LoC.
In this context, the governor called upon the civil and police administration and the security forces to ensure continued close coordination and ensure timely measures for the security of civilians in the frontier belts.
While reviewing the conduct of anti-militancy operations, Vohra stressed on the vital importance of ensuring no damage to the civilians and emphasised the use of increased application of technology to further improve the capability of security agencies.
The governor suggested the participants that meetings of the unified headquarters should be held at least on quarterly basis and issues of a complex nature might be deliberated upon by establishing one or more sub-groups from among the membership of the unified headquarters.
Vohra appreciated the collective efforts of the civil administration and the various security forces for rescue and relief operations during the recent floods in the state. “It was due to their joint and dedicated efforts that loss of human lives was minimised despite the devastating floods,” he said.