Shri Rajnath Singh holds a review meeting with national intelligence and investigative agencies and law enforcement officers



Shri Rajnath Singh holds a review meeting with national intelligence and investigative agencies and law enforcement officers

Issues related to ISIS discussed 
The Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh, today held a day long interaction with the concerned national intelligence and investigative agencies and law enforcement officers of 12 State Governments and the Union Territory of Delhi to discuss issues relating to DAESH, also known as ISIL or ISIS. Senior officials of the Union Home Ministry also participated. 


The 13 States and Union Territory, which attended the interaction are Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Jammu & Kashmir, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Bihar, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Assam, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Maharashtra.

The issues that were discussed included inter-alia misuse of social media; sources of impetus that attract persons, specially youth, to DAESH; the growth of DAESH influence in India’s neighbourhood; the best possible law enforcement response; the need for appropriate welfare schemes for minorities; social media strategies to be followed; and capacity building of State police Organizations, specially in the area of Information technology.

In his concluding remarks, the Union Home Minister stated that India’s traditions and family values will triumph over even this evil, and that while the traction that DAESH has got in India is extremely limited, and almost insignificant relative to other countries, yet there is a need to keep up vigil on all fronts, and not let down our guard in any manner. He noted that a large number of and, in fact, most Muslim Organizations in India had come out against both DAESH and other forms of terrorism. 

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International Conference on Cooperative Federalism: National Perspectives and International Experience 
The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh will inaugurate an International Conference on “Strengthening Cooperative Federalism: National Perspectives and International Experience” on 20th January, 2016 in New Delhi. The two-day (20th-21st January, 2016) Conference is being hosted by the Inter State Council Secretariat (ISCS), Ministry of Home Affairs in collaboration with Forum of Federations, UNDP and World Bank.

In addition to the senior policy makers and government officials from Central and State governments, academics and practitioners and think tanks in India, international experts from Australia, Ethiopia, Germany, Switzerland, South Africa, Brazil and Canada will also share their views in the Conference.

This is the first conference in the country where the subject of cooperative federalism is being discussed at international level. 
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Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar meets the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh 
The Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh and the Defence Minister Shri Manohar Parrikar met here today and discussed the take-aways from the Pathankot incident.

The Ministers appreciated the work done by both the intelligence agencies, in giving advance warning of the attack and of the security agencies, in effectively meeting the challenge and minimising the possible damage. The Ministers also appreciated the bravery shown by the security forces in the incident and paid homage to those who sacrificed their lives in it.

Discussions were held on the means to further strengthen the prevention, detection and foiling of such dastardly attacks. It was felt that the many strengths displayed by all the concerned agencies, especially in terms of their synergized response needs not only to be commended, but also further built upon. It was felt that once the intelligence input had been confirmed, the response time was quick enough, both in terms of decisions that were taken, and in deployment of forces.

In view of the continuing threats from hostile elements from across the border, the need to further upgrade both intelligence and preventive abilities specially in terms of technology was stressed. It was decided that the security audit of all vulnerable stations, of armed forces, para-military forces and police would be carried out within a given timeframe.

The need to have a better media communication strategy was also felt. It was decided that in such incidents, media is best briefed by the authorised persons on the spot and arrangements for this, including training, should be put in place, to meet such contingencies, should they happen in the future.

Shri Ajit Doval, National Security Adviser, Shri Rajiv Mehrishi, Home Secretary, Shri G. Mohan Kumar, Defence Secretary and senior officers from the Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Defence were also present on the occasion. 
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