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'The Government Should Be Fully Vigilant'

Whatever correct steps shall be taken by the Government towards the protection of the country shall be supported on our part.

'The Government Should Be Fully Vigilant'
'The Government Should Be Fully Vigilant'
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On behalf of this House, our party, our leader and on my own behalf, I pay my tributes to those martyrs who sacrificed their lives to protect the lives of the hon. Members and to uphold the dignity of this House. There are some important issues before the country. We have to take effective steps to check terrorism. The policy of our neighbouring country is to promote terrorist activities. We will have to move cautiously in this regard.

The security of this House means upholding the dignity of the country. Earlier we had opposed the steps taken to increase the security of this House. However, such opposition should not be there. The plan formulated for increasing security of this House was not implemented fully. The hon. Speaker said in the meeting held today morning that a Committee was appointed after terrorists attack on Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and that Committee is going to submit its report which would be implemented properly and security of this House would be strengthened. The number of security rings must be increased for providing adequate security to this place. I would like to request the House that we should cooperate with the hon. Speaker in this regard. The hon. Home Minister and the Government have to take the responsibility of security of the House. They have to take necessary effective steps in this regard not only in Delhi, but also within the country and outside the country. The day when such a mentality develops that some people sacrificed their lives and we were saved, that will add to more troubles.

Delhi is the capital of India and the Government should think seriously about the security of certain key places in Delhi which could be made a target. The security must be beefed up at the Supreme Court, the High Court, Delhi Legislative Assembly, Army Headquarters and other monuments. The Government should also think about providing adequate security in metropolitan cities and at Legislative Assemblies, Naval and Air Force Stations, Atomic Stations and big dams.

An hon. Member said that we are opposing POTO. I would like to say that on 13th December when this incident took place, POTO was in existence, but this incident could not be averted. The existing law must be implemented properly. If any changes are required therein, they must be incorporated. The Government should think about the security of the ordinary citizen. The provision of confession and bail in POTO are different. The changes could be brought in the law regarding interception of telephone calls.

The intelligence gathering machinery is not so modernised, it is rather very weak. The equipments which are available with others are not available with us. It takes 3 to 4 months for analysing the intelligence report which does not serve any purpose. A rapid action machinery is also not available for taking action on the basis of conclusions received after analysis of intelligence report. The Government should think over it. Our police force is not so expert, strong, modern and well-equipped. They do not have modern equipments for investigations which results in increase in terrorism. The type of training is not being provided to police force which is required for taking action against terrorists. The police must be provided powers of investigations and taking action against terrorists. Our police forces do not have helicopters. Definitely there are helicopters with the army. Our communication system is fragile and we should work for its betterment. In case certain solid action have to taken against the terrorists, the Government will have to go in for a long term plan and the plan shall have to be implemented.

We all know that our constitution provides for security and protection obligation both to the Union Government and the State Governments. Thus, the responsibility of Security is divided. The Government strengthened the state police. However, it is not enough to strengthen BSF etc. only. Perhaps the Union Government is lacking funds and that is why, it is not so happening. Secondly, there is no coordination in between the States and the Centre. Is it not the proper time when we, after acting upon our plan, decide here that the Union Government may provide funds to the States so that they also may act? The Government will have to bear this responsibility. We pretty well know that funds are not available, there is no coordination and the plan is not being implemented as speedily as required.

The issue of hot pursuit is discussed here. There is an international concept and the international law says that whenever a country is attacked upon and the invaders intrude into other country, they can be followed for their apprehension. But our stand is that the concept of hot pursuit does not necessitate us to go into some other country and apprehend the culprits. This hot pursuit can be done only in our own country.

Someone asked about the medication. The first medicine is the Government should be fully vigilant. Keep on awake. There shall be danger when we shall get into slumber. The second medicine is that the Government should use diplomatic weapons. Till now diplomatic weapons are not exhausted. The Government will have to create a public opinion whether the system is correct or not and what exactly Government have to do. We hope that whatever correct steps shall be taken by the Government towards the protection of the country, shall be supported on our part.

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