Insurgency incidents in north-east have reduced: Rajnath Singh

Home Minister Rajnath Singh. PTI file

Home Minister Rajnath Singh. PTI file

The Home Minister also said that despite having one of the largest Muslim populations in India, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has not managed to establish a hold in the country. Violent protests have been witnessed in the Kashmir Valley since July past year, after the killing of the top Hizbul Mujahideen leadership. He said that the Indian government was "sincerely" working towards a "permanent" solution to the Kashmir problem.

Emphasising on better coordination with states, he said: "With good coordination among the states we were able to control the spread of IS across the country". Under the "Udaan scheme" in Kashmir, 1912 youth had been trained and 1,519 employed from 2011-14.

He said as many as 911 NDFB operatives were arrested, 52 were neutralised and a huge cache of arms and ammunition were recovered during the period.

"India is the second country with the highest number of Muslims".

Singh mentioned special initiatives being taken by the NDA government to provide skills and job opportunities to youths in Kashmir.

Addressing journalists in New Dehli to mark the completion of three years of the Baharatiya Janata Party government, Singh said the government had successfully countered challenges raised by the terror group and has arrested more than 90 IS sympathisers. "Hum kya karenge usey dekhte jaiye (Just keep watching what we do)", Singh said when asked to broadly define the "permanent solution", which he initially spoke about in India Today interview last week.

Singh said the government is willing to talk to all Kashmiris who were willing to engage with the Centre.

"There has been considerable progress in Jammu and Kashmir situation".

He said there had been 45 percent reduction in infiltration attempts from Pakistan since the surgical strike by the Army in September 2016, compared to the corresponding six months in the previous year.

- Two new National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) battalions have been raised in three years. We are open to talks to find a solution to the Kashmir issue. He said a major development is done in Naxal-affected states, including Chhattisgarh. There has been a decline in Maoist violence by 25 per cent as compared to the previous three years, casualties have gone down by 42 per cent but surrender by Maoist cadres had gone up by 185 per cent. (MR, Inputs: Agencies).

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