Srinagar, Jun 27 : Asserting that there should be zero tolerance towards militancy and militants in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday asked security force agencies to continue strict action to curb terror funding.
Mr Shah, while chairing a high-level meeting on security, said the rule of the law should be enforced at any cost. 'During his first visit to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Home Minister held a number of meetings with officials to assess the security scenario in the state, reviewing preparations for the Amarnath Yatra and provide good governance in the state,' J&K, Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam and Ganiash Kumar, Additional secretary, J&K, in Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) told reporters during a press conference here on Thursday.
'The meetings in Srinagar were attended by Governor Satya Pal Malik, the Union Home Secretary, all four Advisors, the Chief Secretary and senior officials of the state and Central Governments, of Security Agencies and the Armed Forces,' they said. After a detailed briefing on the prevailing security scenario in the state, the Union Home Minister, while appreciating the significant improvement in all the parameters relating to the security situation, said there should be zero tolerance towards militancy and militants.
The Union Home Minister praised the J&K police for countering militancy and directed that the state Government should commemorate the martyrdom of its policemen in their hometowns/ villages in an appropriate manner each year. Prominent public places should also be named after martyred policemen. Mr Shah further added that he would periodically review the performance of the state on multiple fronts.
Meanwhile, asking security force agencies to strictly enforce Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) during annual pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, Mr Shah, while chairing a review meeting on Wednesday, reiterated the need to cover all sensitive and vulnerable places, including possible points of infiltration, in order to obviate any type of risk to the yatra.
Mr Shah, during the meeting, directed all security agencies to be fully alert and take preventive steps to ensure violence free yatra. “There should be no laxity. Strict enforcement of SOPs should be followed,” he said. The Union Home Minister said that forces should ensure optimum use of latest technology and gadgets not only for the security of the yatra, but also to facilitate the movement of the devotees and the tourists.
Mr Shah directed security forces to pay attention towards anti-sabotage as well as anti-subversion drills and the access control procedures. In this context, the Home Minister underscored the need for prompt response of the security forces towards counter Improvised Explosive Device (IED) measures.He also underlined the importance of the SOPs for yatra convoy movement in particular, ensuring timely dispatch of convoys and ensuring no movement of yatries after cut-off timings. “Barricades should be erected at suitable locations and no differentiations should be made between yatries and tourists.
The Home Minister said that security forces should continue taking action against miscreants.The Union Home Minister appreciated whole-hearted cooperation of the people of the state in successful conduct of the yatra. Besides attending to medical emergencies, he said preparedness should also be ensured to deal with any type of natural calamity or contingency. “Specialised units and trained personnel with advanced equipment should be in place with due focus on the prescribed drills for the purpose.
Weather assessment should be factored in all yatra movement,' he said.Laying emphasis on the essential facilities for those deputed on the arrangements of the yatra, he underscored the need for all the duty personnel to ensure proper conduct throughout the pilgrimage. 'Daily feedback of any shortcoming should be taken from cutting edge level and real time rectifications should be made,' he said. (UNI)