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Need to strengthen internal security to make India USD 5 trillion economy: Shah

Press Trust of India  |  Lucknow 

Union Home Minister Amit Shah here on Friday said the reason behind strengthening the internal security was to make India an USD 5 trillion economy.

"After Modiji came to power, the economy has been strengthened. By 2024, we aim to make India an USD 5 trillion economy. When we make this effort, we should understand that many powers will get activated to stop us," he said.

"Who will face this? We have to stop this. Cyber attacks, fake currency and scams have to be investigated thoroughly. Only then will we able to give speed to the dream of Modiji," he said addressing the concluding session of the 47th All-India Police Science Congress here.

Reminding of a "hostile neighbour", Shah said, "We cannot change our neighbour. We have to increase our alertness. No space should be provided to the seeds of terrorism which are sowed there."

He stressed the need for strengthening the border security.

There should be a "foolproof coordination" between the state police and the border security, he said.

The home minister said in a federal country like India, there must be a holistic approach to internal security amid challenges of infiltration, fake currency, cyber attacks and trafficking of humans, arms, narcotics and animals.

Shah said while the country was known for its unity in diversity, it also "increased vulnerability".

"It gives space to the enemy to create rift," he said, adding that the enemy had to be "stopped and nipped in the bud".

"We have a democracy, demography and decisiveness. Hence, want to change the destiny of India. I am confident that under the leadership of Modji we will be able to do so," Shah said, stressing that every state and union territory need to contribute to it.

Shah said the All-India Police Science Congress should become the torch bearer of this transformation.

"It will only be possible when the discussions held here are implemented in a good spirit," he said.

The minister disclosed that the Centre had decided to amend the IPC and the CrPC.

"The IPC and the CrPC were enacted during the British rule to secure its empire but a free country like India must change its priority for a better future of citizens. Its (British) priority was its own government. Now we are are free and that approach will not work," he said.

He also sought suggestions from state police departments, judges and lawyers besides civil society to bring the IPC and the CrPC in line with the democratic functioning of the government.

Such changes take place once in a century and I feel that you should contribute to such transformations, he said.

Shah also praised police for the maintenance of law and order after the after revocation of Jammu and Kashmir's special status and the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case.

He said measures like countrywide NRC and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill could be implemented with effective coordination between the central and state security apparatus.

Amit Shah also said affiliated colleges will be opened in states after a central police university is set up to train people in the profession.

"We are going to build Raksha Shakti University. It will be a central university. The state where there is no police university, a college affiliated to it will be opened. The children who decide to go into professional policing will get education there," he said.

Shah said students would learn about policing, forensic science, law and telecommunication among others in the university after passing Class 10.

Shah also indicated plans to open another university to teach forensic sciences.

"At range-level, there should be a small forensic laboratory and at the state-level a bigger one. We need a trained forensic science manpower, hence, we want a set up a forensic science university."


Shah spoke about establishing a "modus operandi bureau" besides creating the post of the director (prosecution) in each state.

"Narcotics is spoiling the youth of the country," he said, promising to bring about a wholesome change in the entire structure of the narcotics bureau.

He also stressed on bringing a change in people's perception about the police force and vice versa.

"It is our responsibility to see that people's perception of police and police perception of people is changed," he said.

"The police is the first responder in any incident and it is our responsibility to increase the quantum of respect towards police among citizens," he added.

The minister also praised UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and said nothing could be achieved without motivational leadership.

"Today, I can say with pride that the law and order has improved and it is an example of a motivational leadership," he said.

Praising the police force, he said, "When we are sitting here and talking about narcotics control, smuggling, terrorism, Naxalism, fake currency and routine law and order, perhaps we do not know that the success that we are looking at has been at the cost of sacrifice of more than 35,000 jawans."

Concluding his address, Shah said, "Our aim is to take the system to results. Our prime minister has envisioned SMART--sensitive, modern, alert, responsive and techno-savvy--police."

The two-day congress was inaugurated by Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi on Thursday.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, November 29 2019. 22:35 IST
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