New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday
termed Maoist violence, cross border terrorism and religious
fundamentalism as key internal security challenges and
favoured dealing them with firm and effective hands.
Addressing a conference of chief secretaries, Singh
promised all possible assistance to the states in their
efforts to deal with all internal security challenges.
"Serious challenges and threats, primarily from left wing
extremism, cross border terrorism, religious fundamentalism
and ethnic violence still persist. These need to be tackled
with a firm and effective and yet sensitive hand," he said.
The PM said the internal security situation in
the last one year was by and large peaceful and lauded the
states in their efforts in maintaining peace.
"I must compliment the states for ensuring that the
situation on the internal security front remains by and large
stable in the last one year," he said.
Singh said the Central government will continue providing
all possible assistance to the states in their efforts in this
He also termed disaster management as yet another area
that requires systemic attention.
"...these are issues of continuing importance and ones
that require persistent efforts for their resolution," he