Fifty days on, home ministry under Amit Shah reviews reforms

Fifty days on, home ministry under Amit Shah reviews reforms

New Delhi, Jul 23: Marking 50 days of governance, the Union home ministry on Tuesday hardened its stance against any acts of terror in the country while taking stock of the various anti-terror initiatives it had rolled out during the first term of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government.
The ministry’s assessment comes in the wake of the Centre giving a big push to its internal security agenda in the ongoing Budget session of Parliament, with the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill currently under discussion in the Lok Sabha.
While the Union home ministry has recorded a total collection of Rs21.54 crore of fake Indian currency notes (FICN) post-demonetization, it added that during the informal BRICS meeting, on the sidelines of the G20 Osaka Summit held last month, India along with other BRICS members “underlined their resolve to make the international financial system entirely hostile to militancy financing”.
With the UAPA Bill set to revise the tone and tenor of the country’s handling of terror cases, the Centre on Tuesday reiterated its intention to “combat terror financing by criminalizing the production or smuggling or circulation of high quality counterfeit Indian currency as a terrorist act and enlarge the scope of proceeds of terrorism to include any property intended to be used for terrorism”.
Even as the Modi government came back to power for the second time, following the Pulwama suicide attack in Kashmir on 14 February, the home ministry stated that India would continue maintaining a “zero tolerance” policy against terrorism – a resolution which Union home minister Amit Shah has also informed both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha of.
“The number of militant incidents has substantially reduced from April 2009 to June 2019 as compared to the previous decade. Consequent to the adoption of the policy of zero tolerance against militancy, security forces have been taking effective and continuous action in countering terrorism, resulting in corresponding change in the number of such incidents,” the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
According to the ministry’s statistics, terrorist incidents in the hinterland during the last decade as compared to the previous decade reduced by 70% (from 71 to 21) and the number of terrorist incidents in Jammu and Kashmir reduced by 86% (from 23,290 to 3187).
Likewise, as compared to the corresponding period of 2018, the first half of 2019 witnessed a reduction of 28% in militant-initiated incidents and an increase of 59% in actions initiated by the security forces against militants in Jammu and Kashmir, adding that “the Central Government has set up various commissions and committees on police reforms and reviewed their recommendations,” to provide greater fillip to the country’s police reforms.