For effective coordination between the NIA and state agencies, there should be a meeting between them every six months to exchange information and fill gaps, if any, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Sunday. The chief minister was addressing a gathering after inauguration of the National Investigation Agency’s office and residential campus in Lucknow. “There should be a meeting of NIA with state agencies every six months for exchange of information and fill the gap, if any. There should be better coordination among different agencies,” he said.
Emphasising on the need to make “our security agencies modern”, Adityanath said that with “team spirit there is no reason as to why India’s fight against terrorism will not be won. There is full support from all agencies of the state. We are ready to help at all levels on issues related to national security.”
The chief minister said he was “happy that NIA, Lucknow region office and residential premises inaugurated by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will cover three more states -Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttarakhand, besides Uttar Pradesh.” “The building which had to be completed in 24 months is ready in 18 months and I want to congratulate officials who made it before time,” he said.
Praising the working of NIA, he said, “NIA was founded in 2009 for effective check on terrorist activities. India is a sensitive place for terrorism as some of our neighbours have made terrorism part of their policy and it affects us.” “NIA is there and now we will succeed in breaking the backbone of terrorism. I belong to Gorakhpur and it was our concern there because of open border (with Nepal) and misuse of fake currency coming from there for terror activities,” he said.
Adityanath said the state was working to make its Anti-terrorist Squad (ATS) modern and work has started in this regard. “We will strengthen the ATS in the future by equipping it with modern techniques,” he added.