Govt Open To Talks Within Constitution: MHA

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SRINAGAR — Government is always open to talks within the framework of the Constitution of India, Ministry of Home Affairs headed by Amit Shah said on Wednesday.

Responding to a question by Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh whether government has chalked out any plan for the peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue which is pending for the last several decades, minister of state Home G Kishan Reddy the security situation in the state has witnessed an improvement in the first half of this year over the corresponding period of 2018.

“Government has taken various measures, such as strengthening of security apparatus, strict enforcement of law against anti-national elements, intensified cordon and search operations to effectively deal with the challenges posed by the (militant) organizations,” he said in written reply in Upper House of Parliament.

“Net infiltration has reduced by 43% and local recruitment has declined by 40%. (Militant) initiated incidents have declined by 28%. Actions initiated by the security forces witnessed an increase of 59% and have resulted in 22% increase in neutralization of (militants),” he said.

Government, he added, is always open to talks within the framework of the Constitution of India.   

He said pursuant to Government’s policy of “zero tolerance against militancy”, the government forces are taking proactive action against militants.

“Due to concerted and synergized efforts of security forces, 126 militants have been neutralized in the state since January, 2019 till 14 July, 2019.” However, he said, during these operations, 75 security forces personnel have been killed that includes 40 CRPF personnel slain in Pulwama attack. The February 14 car bomb attack was carried by a youth belonging to Pulwama district of south Kashmir and it brought India and Pakistan to the brink of war. 

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