Thursday, September 28, 2000,
Chandigarh, India


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GoM suggestions in Oct: Advani
Tribune News Service

NEW DELHI, Sept 27 — The Group of Ministers (GoM) on national security, set up after the Kargil conflict, will finalise its recommendations on the country’s security management by next month, the Union Home Minister Mr L. K. Advani, said here today.

“The recommendations of the GoM will address the question of national security in its entirety,” Mr Advani said while inaugurating the 35th annual conference of directors and inspectors-general of police organised by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) at Vigyan Bhavan here.

The Home Minister said the GoM headed by him would finalise its recommendations after examining the reports of the four task forces on border management, internal security, management of defence and intelligence. The recommendations would be with the Centre by the end of this week.

“The report on border management has already been submitted to the government and the remaining three reports are expected within a week. The GoM would study them and finalise its recommendations by October,” he said.

The task forces headed by Dr Madhav Godbole, Mr G. C. Saxena, Mr N. N. Vohra and Mr Arun Singh, were set up to examine the recommendations of the Subramanyam Committee report on events leading up to the Kargil conflict.

Mr Advani told reporters that the government would ensure that the country’s borders were safe and the common man felt secure.

Due to better coordination between the central and state agencies, the security forces identified a number of ISI modules and eliminating them.

“The intelligence sources also successfully unravelled the activities of Deendar Anjuman in disruptive activities, like violence against the Christian community and churches,” he said, adding that the security forces had gradually and systematically gained the upper hand over militants in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Home Minister said “an all-time record” number of more than 124 militants had been killed by security forces in Kashmir during the past 10 days.

In July, August and September alone, 441 militants had been killed. The figure was much higher than that of the corresponding period in 1998. During the past 24 days, more than 200 militants had been killed.

In his inaugural speech, Mr Advani called upon the police and para-military forces to be more responsive to people’s needs and spruce up their image to strike fear in the minds of law breakers and create a sense of security among the common man.

“The law enforcing agencies needed to work efficiently, effectively, conscientiously and honestly,” he said.

Quoting Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, the Home Minister said Professor Sen had identified education and health as the two things that would lead to the country’s development. “I want to add one more thing and that is ‘security’ — of the borders, society and common people.”

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