J&K Guv suggests separate ministry to handle security issues

NN-Vohra Vohra said to tackle situations like Pathankot attack, a dedicated pool of officers should be created | PTI

Jammu and Kashmir Governor N.N. Vohra on Tuesday suggested creating a separate Ministry out of the Home Ministry to handle security related issues along with a separate cadre of specialised officers to man it.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was present on the occassion, welcomed the suggestion of a separate cadre of officers but remained silent about the specialised Ministry.

In his key note address on the seventh NIA Day, Vohra said to tackle situations like Pathankot attack, a dedicated pool of officers having expertise in various aspects of national security should be created and be named as National Security Administrative Service.

He said he had proposed during the first NDA government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee the creation of a separate ministry of National Security out of the Home Ministry to be led by leaders like Rajnath Singh and manned by specialists of National Security Administrative Service.

Later in his address, Rajnath Singh said Vohra has given a welcome suggestion of raising a cadre of National Security Administrative Services to handle security related matter.

"I will discuss the matter soon," he said.

Terming terrorism as a global menace, Singh said India will stand by any alliance of countries which is ready to take on this challenge.

"Terrorism is not only a challenge for this country but a global challenge. India stands with countries who are ready to accept this challenge. India is part of every treaty in this regard," he said.

The Home Minister said the country has faced many challenges including from foreign invaders but has always maintained its sovereignity and unity.

"However, difficult the challenges may be now, no one will be able to put a question mark over country's unity and soverignity. I can assure you that," he said.

Lauding the role of NIA, Singh said the agency has performed its duties in a professional manner.

"I have information (that) prosecution success rate is 95 per cent and 92 per cent conviction rate. Excellent. But I feel that NIA like organisation needs more manpower. Many offices are yet to set up. Once offices are complete, the NIA's efficiency will certainly increase," he said.

Earlier speaking on the occasion, NIA Director Sharad Kumar said NIA is probing cases pertain to Jehadi terror, northeast insurgent groups, fake currency, terror financing and Left wing extremism.

"The investigations into these cases require persistent efforts by dedicated team of investigators to piece together diverse threads of deep rooted conspiracies which many a times are spread across various states and several countries," he said, cautioning that threats to our security from local and trans-national terrorists still linger.

"I can assure all of you that the NIA will continue to work in an efficient fashion in detecting and prosecuting terrorism related offences, but will also deter and prevent such crimes through efficient and professional investigations," he said.

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