New Delhi: Warning that terror camps across the border are being reactivated, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said there are attempts to induct fresh batches of militants into the country and marked out the prevailing security environment as ‘uncertain’.
Highlighting the need for the security apparatus to be one step ahead of the terrorists, he said the recent blasts in Mumbai and Delhi were ‘grim reminders’ of the challenges posed by terrorism to national security.
"There are reports of cross-border camps for terrorists being reactivated, and of attempts to induct fresh batches of militants into the country," Singh said after giving away meritorious service medals to officers at the three-day
Directors General and Inspectors General conference organized by Intelligence Bureau.
Dwelling on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir which has seen a ‘gradual, yet substantial’ improvement in recent months, he noted that it has been a ‘peaceful’ summer but made it clear that there was no room for any complacency on the security front in the state.
"We have initiated a process of broad-based consultation to find a way forward in J and K. We need to give the processes of dialogue and democracy a chance to secure a just and honourable settlement that meets the aspirations of all sections of the people," he said.
He noted that left-wing extremism has claimed the lives of many innocent people and policemen.
"Our social fabric continues to be targeted by organized terrorism, abetted by misguided zeal and false propaganda among youth and marginalised sections of society. We have to contend with Left-wing militancy, parochial and chauvinistic movements, and tensions cause by socio-economic imbalances and iniquities and rapid urbanisation," the Prime Minister said.

Constables need better training: PM

Underlining that constabulary remains the backbone of police, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said they should be better trained and inculcated with the right attitude towards the public.

"The constabulary is the mainstay of our police forces, constituting 87 percent of the total strength. Improving the image of the constabulary is, therefore, critical to building public trust in the police," Singh said in his speech at the three-day Directors General and Inspectors General conference organised by the Intelligence Bureau.

He said a constable's job is arduous and hazardous besides the force is overstretched and performs multifarious duties without getting basic facilities.

"Many of them find it difficult to get a suitable accommodation and are even forced to live in slum areas. All our police stations do not provide basic facilities for women constables. It is not realistic to expect high levels of efficiency unless proper attention is paid to the living and working conditions of our men and women," the Prime Minister said.

Singh said police personnel must also be "adequately trained to upgrade their professional skills and inculcate the right attitude towards public. Promotions could be linked with training as is done in the Army."

Highlighting their role in the present security scenario, the Prime Minister said human intelligence capabilities need to be improved.

"The grassroots information and intelligence collection systems that have traditionally been a part of policing have languished or fallen into disuse in some places.

"The role of a vigilant and effective beat constable can be vital in checking the activities of networks, which otherwise operate under radar. Some reorientation in the functioning at these cutting edge levels is necessary and the role of community policing should be emphasised," he said.