PM opens security meet flags left-wing extremism

By: admin
Updated: 16 Apr 2012 12:51 AM

New Delhi:
Left-wing extremism, religious fundamentalism and ethnic violence are
major challenges facing the country, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said
here on Monday and urged states to fight them together with the central

"Left-wing extremism, religious fundamentalism and
ethnic violence are the major internal security challenges facing the
country... I urge the states to fight them together with the centre,"
Manmohan Singh said while inaugurating the annual conference of chief
ministers on internal security here.

"The internal security
situation in the country since February 2011 has been by and large
satisfactory," he said.

Stating that India needs to strengthen
its defence against terrorism, he said this was necessary keeping in mind
the growing instability around the country.

The situation
concerning left-wing extremism was better in 2011 than in 2010 but there
was still a "long way to go", the prime minister said.

He also
said the number of districts under the integrated action plan to push
development has been increased from 60 to 78 across seven states affected
by Maoist violence.

Referring to the controversial proposal of
setting up a National Counter-Terrorism Centre, Manmohan Singh said he
would discuss the issue with the chief ministers May 5.

Home Minister P. Chidambaram, who spoke before the prime minister,
described left-wing extremism as the most formidable security challenge
facing the country.

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