Centre 'worried' Over Increase In Infiltration: Sushil Kumar Shinde

Centre 'worried' Over Increase In Infiltration: Sushil Kumar Shinde

22 October 2013
The Economic Times


Samba: Centre is worried over the 'increased infiltration' this year in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said on Tuesday said. 'Looking at last year's record, we are not worried. This year, however, we are worried because of the increased infiltration. I have been discussing this with my officers about the reasons behind the infiltration,' Shinde said while addressing the troops in Samba. He is visiting the Jammu area in the wake of escalation of the ceasefire violations along the International Border and the Line of Control (LoC). 136 ceasefire violations have been reported so far this year, the highest in the past eight years. Even yesterday, Pakistani Rangers opened fire at 10 border posts, injuring two persons. Because of these violations, the Union Home Minister will not able be go to any forward post and will have to confine himself to meeting BSF personnel in Samba district in this region. He expressed government's 'full support' for the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) and said they have been granted the status of ex-servicemen like their counterparts in the defence services. 'The CAPF are not given the status of ex-servicemen like the defence forces. When I said this to the PM, he asked me to bring a note regarding this in the Cabinet. You all will be happy to know that CAPF have been granted the status of ex-servicemen,' Shinde said. He also said that the Ministry is considering extending few more benefits to CAPF personnel. The Home Minister also sought to boost the morale of forces saying the government is aware of the hardships faced by them while guarding the country and will take steps to address their issues.: Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde arrived here Tuesday on a day's visit to take stock of the security situation in the wake of frequent ceasefire violations by Pakistan on the international border in Jammu and Kashmir. Shinde landed at the technical area of Jammu airport in the morning alongwith union Home Secretary Anil Goswami, other senior home ministry officials and Subhash Joshi, director general (DG) of paramilitary border security force (BSF). From Jammu airport, the home minister along with the state Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and the team of union ministry officials flew in a chopper to Samba town where Shinde reviewed the situation on the international border with senior BSF officials. The meeting was held at the Samba headquarters of the BSF. The BSF guards the international border in Jammu and Kashmir while the army is deployed on the line of control (LoC) in the state. The union home minister is visiting some villages along the international border in Samba and Hira Nagar areas Tuesday. Official sources said Shinde is scheduled to meet a delegation of the villagers who left their villages or continue to live in their villages close to the border despite frequent ceasefire violations by Pakistan Rangers in Jammu region. Later in the day, the home minister is scheduled to co-chair a meeting of the unified headquarters in winter capital Jammu along with Omar Abdullah. The unified headquarter is the top security grid of army, paramilitary forces, state police, central and state intelligence agencies formed to synergize anti-militancy operations in the state.