New Delhi: Terror outfit ISIS has not been able to set foot in India despite the presence of the world’s second-largest Muslim population, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Saturday at a press conference held on three years of the Modi government.
Rajnath said that more than 90 sympathisers of ISIS had been arrested due to better coordination between state and central security agencies. Five terrorists of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) were given capital punishment as part of the government’s focused efforts to check terrorism, Singh said.
“India is the second-largest country as far as Muslim population in the world is concerned. I can say with full responsibility that despite such a large population (of Muslims), the ISIS has not been able to set foot here,” he said.
The ISIS and the Ansar-ul-Ummah, the frontal organisation of Pakistan-based Harkat-ul-Mujahideen group, have been included in the list of banned terrorist organisations, Singh said. “There is improvement in the security situation in the country. We have been successful in countering the challenges posed by the ISIS,” he said.
Comparing the previous UPA regime with the Modi government, Singh said a total of 239 militants were neutralised from 2011 to 2013, whereas “this number has gone up to 369 during 2014-17.”
He said there had been 45 percent reduction in infiltration attempts from Pakistan since the surgical strike by the Army in September 2016, compared to the corresponding six months in the previous year.
“We will end Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir and ensure peace,” the home minister said.
Singh mentioned special initiatives being taken by the NDA government to provide skills and job opportunities to youths in Kashmir.
In the three years of the UPA regime (2011-14), he said, more than 1,900 youths were provided skill training and jobs were offered to 1,591. In 2014-17, as many as 20,355 were given training and 30,175 were given job offers.
The remuneration given to Special Police Officers (SPOs) had been doubled to Rs 6,000 from Rs 3,000 per month, the home minister said. Besides, 10,000 new posts of SPOs were approved in addition to the existing 25,000.
Five new Indian Reserve battalions had been approved for Jammu and Kashmir. “We have approved 63 projects under the PM’s package worth Rs 80,000 crore for J-K,” he said.