Union Home Minister P Chidambaram on Saturday listed out some of the key moves his ministry had made to fight terror.
The Home Minister said that the delivery of 20,000 bullet-proof jackets for security forces will be completed by April 16,2009. Also,the Government had taken possession of five acres of land at IGI Airport along Dwarka Expressway to locate the Quick Reaction Teams of NSG commandos,he said. Chidambaram added that orders had been issued authorising the DGs of BSF and CRPF to procure 5.56 mm carbines through a global tender and the Central Para Military Forces have been instructed to submit their procurement plans for the next year by February 28 this year so that sanctions can be accorded before March 31 and the process of procurement can begin at the start of the financial year 2009-10.
Chidambaram said that the Multi Agency Centre (MAC) is now fully operational and that all the agencies have nominated their representatives to the MAC.
The next step is to connect MAC,the S-MACs in the states and the Special Branches of the state police establishments. Work has been taken up to create a dedicated network,and establish connectivity and a database. Approval has been granted to the Intelligence Bureau (IB) for an expenditure of Rs.147.80 crore, the Home Minister said.
Chidambaram also said that the next National Census and preparing the National Population Register were scheduled to be undertaken and completed in 2010-11. Multi-purpose National Identity Cards (MNICs) will be issued thereafter. We have decided to take up the work of issuing MNICs to the population living in coastal areas in all the nine coastal states and four UTs by 2010. In addition,the entire population of Andaman & Nicobar Islands will be issued MNICs by 2010. Pilots will be launched in February 2009 and the entire scheme will be rolled out and completed in one year, he said.