Security situation in J&K improved: MHA

Security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed an improvement and the net infiltration from across the border has reduced by 43 per cent after a surgical strike was carried out on militant camps in Pakistan, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Rai’s remarks came in response to a written question on
whether cross-border infiltration in Jammu and Kashmir has abated after the
Indian Air Force carried out surgical strike on militant camps in Balakot in
Pakistan in February this year.

“Due to concerted and synergised efforts of security
forces, the security situation in the state has witnessed an improvement in the
first half of this year over the corresponding period of 2018. Net infiltration
has reduced by 43 per cent,” he said.

Rai said the government of India in tandem with the state
government has adopted a multi-pronged approach to contain cross-border
infiltration, which includes multi-tiered deployment along the International
Border and the Line of Control (LoC), border fencing, improved intelligence and
operational coordination, equipping security forces with improved technological
weapons and taking pro-active action against infiltrators.

Replying another question, the minister said the electric
fence namely the Anti Infiltration Obstacle System (AIOS) on LoC along Indo-Pak
border has proved to be a potent tool to guard against infiltration.

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The electricity requirements for the AIOS are being catered
through power grid wherever available and through generators at other locations
to ensure uninterrupted power supply, he said. 

About the status of fencing along Indo-Pakistan
border, the Minister said the government has sanctioned the fencing of
2,069.046 km, out of which the fencing of 2,004.666 km has been completed and
work is in progress on the remaining 64.38 km and will be completed by March
2020.

-GK

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