Govt draws action plan for security

More power for National Investigation Agency

The action plan, prepared by the Home Ministry on a directive of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, would specifically deal with the security threat emanating from Naxal menace and sectarian violence, ministry sources said. It will be in force from Monday.
A major joint operation against the Left wing extremists is on the cards, as the militants have been on the rampage, killing civilians and security personnel in central India. The government is also planning to send more paramilitary forces to neutralise outlaw activities in states such as Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh.
The action plan aimed to operationalise the NSG regional hubs in Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Chennai within the next 100 days, so that the specialised commando force could be stationed in the four major cities, sources said.
The NIA, which was set up by the previous UPA government, is yet to take shape. The director- general of NIA has already been appointed, and 94 posts have been sanctioned for the probe agency. The government wants to expedite the process to make it a premier investigative body in the country.

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