Will ensure a peaceful 2016, says Union Home Minister

RSTV Bureau
FILE: New Delhi Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with MoS Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary (R) and Kiren Rijiju (L). Photo - PTI

FILE: New Delhi Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh with MoS Home Affairs Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary (R) and Kiren Rijiju (L).
Photo – PTI

With the issue of global terrorism dominating the latter part of the year 2015, in the wake Paris attacks and the threat of terror syndicate Islamic State (IS) jumping few folds, Modi government has assured a peaceful and secure 2016. Stressing that security of women will be his top priority, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh claimed that Modi government will ensure a harmonious environment in the country in the coming year.

As 2015 draws to a close, he also said the security scenario has shown marked improvement during the year, especially in Jammu and Kashmir and the northeastern region.

“We wish to ensure peaceful, secure and harmonious environment in the country. Women’s security has been our top priority. We want to further consolidate the trends of decreasing levels of crimes and violence in 2016,” Rajnath Singh told the news agency on Sunday.

Detailing about his ministry’s handling of certain testing situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the naxal-affected areas, the Union Home minister termed 2015 as a remarkable year for his ministry.

“Security scenario has shown marked improvement. There is decline in violent incidents in Jammu and Kashmir and Left Wing Extremism-affected areas. We have taken several steps and initiatives to improve the security environment,” he said.

Singh said setting up of Investigative Units on Crimes Against Women (IUCAWs) in 2015 to expedite probe into crimes against women was an indicative of the Narendra Modi government’s intention and concern for women’s security.

“Introduction of 33 per cent reservation in jobs for women in police forces was also a significant steps in 2015,” he said.

The year was a busy one for the ministry with an often precarious situation across the Line of Control (LoC) due to the repeated ceasefire violation by the Pakistan forces and the ambush attack on Indian Army jawans in Manipur in the June this year, which had killed 18 jawans and officers.

(With inputs from the PTI)