Normalcy will return to J&K very soon: Rajnath

Chandigrah: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said that the government has decided to completely seal the International Border (IB) with Pakistan by physical and non-physical barriers by December, 2018.

“There is about 181.85 km stretch in which construction of physical barrier is not feasible due to geographic constraints like riverine, low-lying, creek, marshy etc. areas,” he said.

Adding, in this stretch, advance technology solutions including cameras, sensors, radars, lasers, etc will be deployed.

“BSF is testing the available technologies through pilot projects in Jammu, Punjab and Gujarat,” Singh added.

He made these announcements during Regional Editors’ Conference in Chandigarh. Singh said border security is a very sensitive issue and India is engaging all the neighbours except Pakistan diplomatically to ensure peace on the borders.

He added that because of development work transgression incidents at China border have also come down drastically.  Singh categorized borders as friendly, active and strategic borders.

Referring recent surgical operations Rajnath Singh said it was pre-emptive action against Pakistan and India does not have any ill will against the people of Pakistan. 

Regarding incidents of insurgency in North East, the Home Minister said the Government is continuing dialogue with all the groups and claim that such incidents have come down.

Similarly, incidents of left wing extremism have also come down drastically because of two-pronged approach of the government- development along with a strict action by the security forces.

The Home Minister said that after Mumbai attacks, Coastal security has been given very high priority. “Third phase of coastal security plan very soon will be put before the cabinet for the approval.  This will help in securing our vast coastal border lines,” he said.

Declaring that the Union Government is committed to peace and prosperity in Jammu & Kashmir, he expressed the hope that very soon normalcy will return in the state. Later, answering the media query Rajnath said the radicalization is not a major challenge in India as people have very sensible approach towards this issue. 

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