Terming the serial blasts in Jaipur, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Delhi in the last few months as “metro terrorism”, President Pratibha Patil on Tuesday expressed her “serious concern” and called for innovative actions while dealing firmly against the perpetrators to prevent such incidents in the future.
“This emerging phenomenon of metro terrorism has given a new dimension to subversive activities and is a matter of serious concern,” Patil said in her address at the Governors’ Conference at Rashtrapati Bhawan today. “The state and Central Governments have to deal firmly with those who follow the path and culture of guns.”
Addressing the 42nd conference of governors and the first after she took over as the President, Patil called for modernisation of the police force with greater investment in cyber and technical intelligence, communication systems and forensic capabilities. “There is a need for an institutional mechanism to seamlessly share intelligence on real-time basis,” she added, suggesting that the help of ex-servicemen could be taken.
In his presentation in the evening, Home Minister Shivraj Patil apprised governors about the challenges in tackling Naxal and communal violence, and also talked about the need to modernise the police force and set up more police stations.
In her address, Patil expressed solidarity with victims of the Kosi flood and and called for the need to go beyond post-disaster management and focus on prevention, mitigation and reduction of such tragedies.
The first woman president of the country, she reminded governors of the urgent need to focus on women’s empowerment.