New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The government had a "zero tolerance" policy towards terrorism and remained vigilant against all forms of challenges posed by the threat, President Pratibha Patil Monday said.
"Zero tolerance of terrorist activities is our principled policy. We have to keep constant watch and innovate against global terrorist groups," Patil said, addressing a joint sitting of both houses of parliament on the opening day of the budget session.
Detailing some measures taken by the government to strengthen the security apparatus, Patil said the establishment of the four National Security Guard (NSG) hubs, the operationalisation of the National Investigation Agency and strengthening the Multi-Agency Centre that analyses intelligence alerts on a real time basis had helped hinterland security.
"The overall internal security, law and order and the communal situation remained largely under control during 2009. Infiltration of terrorists from across the line of control in Jammu and Kashmir has gone up," she said.
"Even then, the security situation has improved significantly in Jammu and Kashmir as well as the north east, but left wing extremism continues to be a significant cause of concern."
Infiltration in Kashmir Up
Militant incursion from Pakistan into Jammu and Kashmir had gone up, President Pratibha Patil said Monday while also stressing that the security situation in the state had improved "significantly" in the state as well as in the northeast.
President Patil was addressing the joint session of parliament at the beginning of the budget session.
She said the overall internal security, law and order and the communal situation remained largely under control during the last year.
"(But) infiltration from across the Line of Control (the de facto border that divides the state between India and Pakistan) in Jammu and Kashmir has gone up. Even, then the security situation has improved significantly in Jammu and Kashmir as well as in the northeast," she said.