Attaching utmost importance to terrorist threats, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has asked all state governments to identify major establishments, installations and iconic structures to position commandos round the clock. He promised the Centre would provide assistance to train and equip these commandos.
Chidambaram asked the state governments to draw up two programmes — a short module for a limited number of commandos and a longer module for a large number of commandos — and forward them to the Home Ministry for drawing up their training schedule.
In his first letter to the chief ministers and heads of Union Territories, a copy of which was received by Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal two days ago, Chidambaram proposed to convene a meeting of CMs/state Home Ministers to be chaired by the Prime Minister on January 6 to “discuss issues relating to the preparedness of the nation to prevent terrorist attacks”.
“People expect us to ensure the security of India and the security of the lives of the Indian people. Nothing less will do,” he said.
Chidambaram requested the states to establish a 24x7 control room to be manned by a young and energetic officer of the rank of DSP/SP.
The Centre also desired the state intelligence wing to have an analysis group that would receive, collate, analyse, link up with previous inputs and disseminate intelligence inputs.
The Home Minister also asked the CMs or the state home ministers to invariably take a meting every morning with the chief secretary, home secretary, DGP, Intelligence chief and police commissioners to review the security situation. Similar exercise, he said, should be carried out at the district level over a period of one to two months with the district collector and police officers concerned.