The agencies are of the firm view that if Modi comes to power, he will not only fill their vacant positions but also accelerate the implementation of their long pending decisions.

Along with CRPF, ITBP, BSF, and SSB that look after border security of the country are facing huge staff crisis, even high-end posts lying vacant. In the similar vein, despite loads of promises for beefing up security establishment after the Mumbai terror attack, the Intelligence bureau has been facing an acute shortage of staff.

A senior official associated with the internal security said that big promises were made to strengthen the security agencies after the 2008 Mumbai mayhem. P Chidambaram during his tenure as the Home Minister tried to execute all the promises, but no avail.

Much to the somber security situation, the position of Special Secretary (internal security) in the Home Ministry has been lying vacant for the last nine months. Similarly, a dozen of posts like that of IG and ADG are unmanned in CRPF, ITBP and BSF but there has been no effort to fill up these vacancies.  

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has repeatedly termed Naxals as the biggest internal security menace to the nation. But the Home Ministry’s scheme of setting up mobile towers in the Naxal-infested areas has been hanging fire for the last three years.

According to senior officials, many such schemes are biting the dusts owing to weak political leadership that failed to sense the gravity of the situation in this regard.

The CCTNS project (Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems) that was initiated with the purpose of keeping track of criminals and terrorists has only been able to reach its pilot stage even after four years of its proposal.
Internal security officials believe that the government can get rid of this red-tapism only after BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi comes to power.

A senior official said that Modi’s image is dubbed as decision maker who like to get the things implemented precisely and timely. He said that if the decisions regarding security measures are implemented, the current security risks to the nation can be reduced to a greater extent.

(JPN/Bureau)

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