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PM convenes meeting of Chief Ministers

india Updated: Sep 03, 2006 09:54 IST
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Determined to fight terrorism and naxalism to the hilt, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has convened a meeting of Chief Ministers in the national capital, on Tuesday to review the situation threadbare in the aftermath of the Mumbai serial blasts.

The Prime Minister has described naxalism as the "single biggest internal security challenge", the country has ever faced and has already met Chief Ministers of affected states during which he suggested setting up of joint unified commands in areas badly hit by the menace.

He also suggested giving high priority to the two-pronged strategy of effective police response and socio-economic development of the affected regions.

Tuesday's meeting follows a review of the situation by the Prime Minister after the July 11 blasts during which he had admitted that the past responses to deal with terrorism and naxalism have been "inadequate".

Singh had observed that these threats have to be met firmly, with determination and with a will to destroy them.

With the Mumbai serial blasts weighing heavily on his mind, the Prime Minister in his Independence Day address had said that both terrorism and naxalism were twin threats to the country's security.

He has assured the nation that the government will modernise, strengthen and properly equip security forces and intelligence agencies to meet the challenges.

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