Union home minister Amit Shah on Sunday said that the Modi government will continue with its policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism. Terrorism, separatism and anti-national activities in any part of India will be dealt firmly, he said.
Shah was speaking as a chief guest on the occasion of the Central Industrial Security Force’s (CISF) 54th Raising Day celebrations in Hyderabad. During the event, minister Shah received a salute from the parade and released CISF’s magazine Sentinel-2023 and coffee table book.
In his address, Shah said that his ministry successfully faced all the challenges in the field of internal security by involving all the CAPFs and state police in the last nine years.
He said that in all the three sectors of concern for the government –Kashmir, Northeast and Left Wing Extremism affected areas, there has been a significant reduction in violence, people’s confidence is increasing and those spreading separatism and terrorism are surrendering and coming into the mainstream.
Shah said that all the CAPFs of the country have made a huge contribution to dealing with the perpetrators of violence.
“The Union government, under the leadership of Narendra Modi, will continue its policy of zero tolerance against terrorism in the coming times as well,” the minister said, adding that “separatism, terrorism and anti-national activities in any area of the country will be dealt with firmly”.
He also said that central armed police forces (CAPFs) have a very important role to play in the Modi government’s policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism.
Shah said that CISF’s 53 years of history showcases that it has immensely contributed to the economic progress of the nation. He said that a country can advance only when the security of its industrial institutions, airports, and ports is ensured.
He further said that Prime Minister Modi has set a target of a $5 trillion economy for the country and to achieve it, the security of our airports, seaports and institutions of national importance is of utmost importance.
In the year 1969, CISF had a strength of about 3,000 personnel, which in 53 years has increased to 1.70 lahks. Shah said that in the next 10 years, many opportunities would be available to CISF for development.
“In the contemporary digital age, CISF has provided state-of-the-art security to its stakeholders. The security protocol has been made impenetrable by equipping it with state-of-the-art technologies like robotics, and artificial intelligence,” he added.
Shah further said that currently, CISF is providing security to 66 sensitive and major airports, 14 major seaports, nuclear and space institutions, Delhi Metro, the Statue of Unity and many industrial units and mines.
He said that among CAPFs, CISF is the only force, which has an effective firefighting force, and it has achieved accolades in the field of fire protection. Shah said that while dealing with about 50 lakh commuters on Delhi Metro and Airport every day, CISF remains committed to the security of the nation’s assets with righteous but firm conduct.
The minister said that a country, whose airports and ports are not secure, can never be secure and went on to list counterfeit currency trade, infiltration and narcotics as major challenges facing the country.