Return of Kashmiri Pandits to Kashmir, first priority of PM Modi

Return of Pandits to Kashmir, illegal immigrants on MHA list for ModiReturn of Kashmiri Pandits to Kashmir Valley, checking of influx of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and improving Centre-State relations are among the key issues to be flagged by the Home Ministry for action by Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi when he assumes charge.

However, the issue of setting up of the controversial National Counter Terrorism Centre, which Modi had vehemently opposed as Gujarat Chief Minister, has not figured in the report which Home Ministry is likely to present next week before Modi.

Home Ministry has put together its plan for rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits, many of whom are still living in camps in Jammu, and how they are to be provided with security once they return to the Valley.

The report notes that infiltration from Bangladesh has come down to a great extent but not stopped totally as fencing along the 4,096km-long Indo-Bangla border is yet to be completed due to various factors, including existence of riverine areas.

Return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Valley and zero tolerance towards Bangladeshi immigrants are two key areas of focus for BJP.

Home Ministry has stressed on frequent interactions between the leaders of the central and State Governments to improve relations as cooperation among them is necessary for the implementation of the Union Government’s development and security agenda.

The ministry has suggested that the Inter-State and Zonal Councils should be reactivatedwith active participation of Chief Ministers and central leaders.

Tackling of home-grown terror outfits like Indian Mujahideen, the Maoist problem, security of women, revamping of intelligence agencies and reform of the criminal justice system are few of the other issues which have been highlighted by Home Ministry in its report submitted to Cabinet Secretary
Ajit Seth.

The ministry stressed on the need to expedite reforms of police forces and strengthening of paramilitary forces from “teeth to tail”.

The report concentrates on four critical areas — ‘achievements’, ‘gaps’, ‘vision’ and ‘low-hanging fruits’.

The ‘achievements’ note the successes of the ministry, including the arrest of many terrorists in the recent past, reduction of terror incidents in the hinterland and enactment of the tough anti-rape law.

The ‘gaps’ highlight the areas in which the Government has to give priority, likeintelligence gathering, coordination among States and the Centre in tackling Maoists and the things which could have been done differently.

‘Vision’ mentions the long-term goals and plans which can be implemented in a phased manner along with steps which can be taken to strengthen the country’s internal security apparatus.

‘Low hanging fruits’ lists out short-term action plans which can be implemented for immediate results on a priority basis, like reduction of casualties among security forces engaged in tackling Maoist ultras.

Source: Niti Central