Fake currency oxygen for terrorism: Rajnath Singh

Saul Bowman
October 11, 2017

"People have now started believing that India will be among top three economies of world by 2030, said an optimistic HM Rajnath Singh in Chennai, adding "Our economy, standing at $ 2 trillion today, will likely be at $ 5 trillion by 2030", he said".

Photo Credit: C_VENKATACHALAPATHYNoting that terrorist organisations were waiting for an opportunity to strike at India, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), which guards strategic installations, should conduct regular security audits of all important buildings and installations, and strengthen its security mechanism by adopting new technology.Addressing the gathering at the passing-out parade of CISF officers and sub officers at the Regional Training Centre (RTC), Arakkonam, on Monday, he said, "India is the fastest growing economy".

The Minister said being an autonomous body, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) had done its job well in its crackdown on terrorists and separatists. Stating that cyber terrorism is a major terror threat facing several countries in the world, Rajnath Singh said that CISF needs to upgrade and technologically advance itself to face and counter any incident of cyber terrorism. Ahead of his address, the agency chief Sharad Kumar said a total of 166 cases from 26 states and union territories were assigned to the NIA over the past 8 years - since its inception after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. In order to celebrate Vishwakarma Jayanthi across the country, Rajnath Singh said he will take up the demand for setting up the Vishwakarma Community Development Corporation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While appreciating the role of the NIA in probing terror cases, the minister claimed it was a challenging task as almost 95 per cent of its cases were resulting in conviction.

Complimenting the NIA's role, Mr Singh said it had established its credibility and impartiality in the past eight years through professional and scientific investigations. Of these, 63 related to jihadi terror, 25 to terror acts by Northeast militants, 41 were cases of terror funding and counterfeit currency, 13 related to Naxal violence and the remaining 24 linked to miscellaneous terrorist acts or criminal gangs.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had succeeded in bringing the global community on board on the issue, he said.

"I will live up to your expectations".

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