“If Pakistan is unable to fight terrorism, it can ask India for help”
“By adopting a multi-pronged strategy, the government is taking every steps to deal with terrorists. The work done in the last 48 months has surpassed what was done in last 48 years. The northeast has registered 63 per cent decline in terror activities. There has been a fall of 83 per cent in the number of people dying in terror activities. Armed Force (Special Power) Act has been removed from Meghalaya and Tripura. In addition to this, it has been worked upon in Arunachal Pradesh too. So much so, activities of Naxalite and Maoist also witnessed decline. Earlier, there were 76 Naxalite-affected districts, but today their number has come down to 58. The alertness of our Jawans on the border has resulted in 45 per cent decline in the incidents of infiltration. During the regime of the last Congress government, 471 terrorists were eliminated in four years from 2010 to 2014, whereas 619 terrorists have been liquidated during the regime of Modi government from 2014 to 2018,” said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in an exclusive interview with Deepak Kumar Rath. Excerpts:
The NDA government has completed four years at the Centre. In the four years, what steps have you taken as Union Home Minister, which were overlooked by the previous Congress government?
In the Home Ministry, we have separately created two divisions, which are for cyber security and terror declination. Besides this, we granted e-visa to 165 countries. In the last four years, India is marching forward to becoming superpower. In a country of 125 crore population, maintaining internal security is a gargantuan task, but we have succeeded in it. Maintaining peace along with our border with neighbouring countries, in Naxalite-affected states and terrorism-affected J&K and bringing the turbulent-affected states of the northeast to the path development is really a big challenge. But this government showed its devotion and resolve and it resulted in people not worried about their security.
By adopting a multi-pronged strategy, the government is taking every steps to deal with terrorists. The work done in the last 48 months has surpassed what was done in last 48 years. The northeast has registered 63 per cent decline in terror activities. There has been a fall of 83 per cent in the number of people dying in terror activities. Armed Force (Special Power) Act has been removed from Meghalaya and Tripura. In addition to this, it has been toned down in Arunachal Pradesh too. So much so, activities of Naxalite and Maoist also witnessed decline. Earlier, there were 76 Naxalite-affected districts, but today their number has come down to 58. The alertness of our Jawans on the border has resulted in 45 per cent decline in the incidents of infiltration. During the regime of the last Congress government, 471 terrorists were eliminated in four years from 2010 to 2014, whereas 619 terrorists have been liquidated during the regime of Modi government from 2014 to 2018. In the border areas, check-posts have been modernised. Women security is the primary issue in the agenda of our government. For this purpose, Delhi Police launched “Himmat” app. Not only this, our government also provided special reservation for women in CRPF and CISF.
Farmers are staging movements in Madhya Pradesh and other states. What do you have to say?
Whenever there are elections, the Congress, on one pretext or the other, provokes farmers for launching a movement so that it can turn it into a political movement and reap benefits from it. The way the Congress is endeavouring today stage a farmers’ movement in Manesar is not reasonable. Can anyone deny the fact that to what extent Shivraj Singh Chouhan government is working for the welfare of farmers and the poor, the Congress government could not achieve in the last 60 years? If anyone showed utter insensitivities towards farmers and the poor, it is Congress. They ruled the country for 60 years, then why could it not solve the problems of farmers. Our government is making complete attempts for the all-round development of farmers, and by 2022, their income will be double.
You just mention about cyber security. How is the government working on it?
For the first time, the Home Ministry has created a separate division for cyber security, and from technology to cyber security point of view, we have attained several achievements.
Pakistan repeatedly violates ceasefire. What is your opinion on dialogue with Pakistan?
India also pays back Pakistan in its own coin. Recently there was talk held between Directors General Military Operation (DGMOs) of the two countries. The proposal for the dialogue came from Pakistan. In the talk, it was agreed upon that Pakistan will violate ceasefire, so will not India. As far as political dialogue is concerned, first Pakistan should stop aiding and abetting terrorism in India. If Pakistan is unable to fight terrorism, it can ask India for help. In this matter, India will help Pakistan.
Shelling from Pakistan causes many afflictions for the people living along the border. For these people, what steps is the government taking?
The people living along the border are not ordinary people; we consider them brave-heart. For their security, we are constructing 1400 bunkers. The work will be completed in a few months.
What initiatives have you taken for the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits?
We have allocated budget separated for the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley. In this regard, we have talked with Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti. She informed that for the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits, the state government has selected the land.
Up to what extent, the fencing is done of the porous border?
Fencing of the porous border is done to a large extent. For fencing we are taking the help of “Compressive Integrated Border Management System, under which there will be the use of high-quality cameras, radars, surveillance and commandant control centres.
When will the work of fencing be completed?
It will take some time. Within one or two years it will be done. In some areas ofJharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Odisha, a movement by the name of Patthargarhi is taking roots. There Panchayats say they will not follow the law of the rule, instead they will run their own laws. The role of the church is also being alleged behind this happening.
We are aware of it and we have asked the state governments to take action against it. As far as the role of the church is concerned, then the state governments concerned should taken appropriate action after carrying out an investigation,
What did your Ministry do for the modernisation of the police?
For the modernisation of the police, the state governments always take initiatives. After the 14th Police Finance Commission, funds for modernisation of police from the Centre to state governments were stopped. But we have again started it. Police Research and Development also suggests the state government as to what they should do for the modernisation of police. Recently, we inaugurated a police training centre in Bhopal. We have also made the provision that after every five years, every police personnel will have to undertake police training in his police service.
The opposition parties in the country are coming together. BJP’s alliance partners are also not happy with it. Shiv Sena is repeatedly attacking the BJP. What will you have to say?
It happens. Sometimes, a friend can also commit a mistake. But we will endeavour to take all with us. As far as Shiv Sena is concerned, they will not go far away from us.
In Gorakhpur, Phulpur, Kairana and other by-elections, Opposition’s unity emerged into BJP’s defeat.
It cannot be gainsaid that the entire country wants that in 2019 election, the BJP government should be formed under Narendra Modi’s leadership. The people of the country saw the 60-year rule of the Congress. They also saw the regime of Atal Behari Vajpayee government and are watching the Modi government’s rule. They very well know as to which party
really wants the development of the country. The results of the by-polls will not affect in any way. Whenever the question arises as to which party’s government will be formed at the Centre, no doubt, the people will elect the BJP government,