Working in MHA like a test match, govt strengthened internal security without losing wicket: Rajnath Singh

Presenting his ministry's report card, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday noted that working in the Ministry of Home Affairs is more like a test match and the government has efficiently strengthened the internal security network without losing a wicket.

Working in MHA like a test match, govt strengthened internal security without losing wicket: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: Presenting his ministry's report card, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday noted that working in the Ministry of Home Affairs is more like a test match and the government has efficiently strengthened the internal security network without losing a wicket.

Addressing a press conference in the national capital, Singh lauded the achievements of the BJP government at the Centre saying the country is witnessing 'active diplomacy' of 'multi-alignment' under the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) regime.

"One year of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government has created a strategic space for India," the Home Minister asserted.

Stressing that the internal security environment in country has improved, the senior Cabinet Minister said there has been a reduction in incidents of violence in Jammu and Kashmir, Northeast and Left Wing Extremism (LWE) affected areas.

"Many initiatives have been taken in LWE affected areas. 2199 mobile towers have been approved in such areas."

The Home Minister further appealed to the Kashmiri youth saying that they should not get influenced by the anti-India forces as their future is secure in the country.

Highlighting his government's work on the economic front, the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader maintained that China and India are fastest moving economies of the world and soon New Delhi will overtake Beijing as the fastest growing economy.

“The MHA has started e-tourist visa scheme to promote tourism. The number of tourists using the facility has increased 11 fold,” Singh noted.

“800 crores have been released for Border Area Development Programme (BADP) this year, the Union Minister said.

“The Centre is working to set up IUCAWs (Investigative Units on Crimes Against Corruption) in 150 districts of the country,” Singh said.

Commenting on the issue of acid attacks, the Home Minister said that an advisory has been sent to the states to stop such attacks in the country.

In his concluding remarks Singh said, “The first year has been the year of consolidation for the MHA and we hope to strengthen it further."

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