With the threat of terrorism looming large, the Union government will do everything to bolster the National Investigation Agency (NIA). Coming close on heels of the Pathankot terror attack, this assurance was given by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion of NIA Day here, the home minister said more offices of the NIA are being set up across the country and they will be equipped with hi-tech gadgetry.
The home minister said India stands at the forefront of global efforts to combat terrorism and is a signatory to all international treaties on anti-terrorism.
He added that despite several onslaughts on the country, India&’s integrity and sovereignty has remained intact. He also emphasised that people should value customs and traditions for retaining the country&’s identity.
Delivering the third RV Raju Memorial Lecture on National Security Management—Some Concerns, Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra said that special attention is required for national security management and services of specialists from the domains of policing, investigation.
He added that internal and external security, including the armed forces, are also necessary to meet this objective.
The governor said that it is imperative to institute a nationwide security framework policy since the internal and external security aspects are closely intertwined.
He called for framing the standard operating procedures for tackling internal security threats in which the state police forces, being the first baseline response agency, have a vital role to play.
He also said the MHA should make efforts to ensure that terrorism-related cases are handed over to NIA without delay.
Speaking on the occasion, NIA director general Sharad Kumar said that two more NIA centres will soon be set up at Raipur and Jammu.
He said that the NIA has a success rate of 95 per cent in investigation and 92 per cent conviction rate in 119 cases handed over to the agency since its institution in 2009.