SRINAGAR The security situation in the Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed an improvement in the first half of this year over the corresponding period last year.
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), said G. Kishan Reddy informed the Rajya Sabha, responding to a question by a member Sanjay Singh, seeking the details of increase in militancy in Jammu and Kashmir during last three years; the steps taken by Government to tackle militancy; the results of the steps taken; and future plans to control militancy in the region.
The Government has adopted a policy of zero tolerance towards (militancy) and 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) organisations.
Government Forces, he said, keep a close watch on persons who attempt to provide support to militants and initiate action against them.
In order to bring about overall development for the benefit of people of Jammu and Kashmir, Prime Minister has announced a package of Rs.80,068 crores, he said.
This package consists of 63 major development projects in Road sector, Power generation and transmission, health infrastructure, establishment of 2 AIIMS, IITs, IIMs and tourism related projects etc, he added.
Training and employment opportunities for the youth of Jammu and Kashmir are also provided under many schemes such as HIMAYAT and PMKVY, he said, adding, In order to mainstream the youth, special emphasis is being given to Watan Ko Jano program, student exchange program, sports as well as civic action program of CAPFs.