JK Situation Has Improved : PM16 February 2011
New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday said the internal security scenario continues to be a matter of great concern but asserted that the Government is better prepared now to deal with any terror threat. 'In Jammu and Kashmir, after some turbulence, there are signs that we are getting things are under control and that the people of Jammu and Kashmir can look forward to orderly development of development processes,' Singh said in an interaction with television editors.He said a number of committees, set up to deal with various aspects of development process, were working to chart out the future course of action. '(Renowned economist) Dr C Rangarajan is preparing a report on the employment aspects and I do feel that if that report is implemented, it would bring a fresh ray of hope tot he young people in Jammu and Kashmir who are eagerly searching for productive employment opportunities,' Prime Minister said. He said internal security of the country has been a great concern. “I would not like to say we did not worry about terror acts, but we are better prepared to deal with acts of terror and prevent many potential terrorist acts”. “The Government deserves some credit for various steps being taken to improve the internal security scenario in the country as well as to deal with any possible terror threat. In the Northeast, things are getting normalised. Talks are going to begin with ULFA. The ULFA leadership having decided to give up the path violence is a welcome development which will have far-reaching consequences for the growth processes in our Northeastern states,” Prime Minister said. He said situation in West Asia and recent violent incidents in Egypt are a matter of concern for India but replication of such events is not possible in any part of the country including Jammu and Kashmir. 'Whatever happens in the Gulf or in West Asia including the countries mentioned (Egypt) is a matter of concern to us...No (replication of such events is not possible in India), because India is a functioning democracy,' Singh said when asked if West Asia-type unrest can surface in any part of India - in Kashmir, North-East or Maoist-controlled areas. The prime minister said, 'We have five million Indians in the Gulf countries and if peace is not prevalent, if orderly processes of management of economy and polity breaks down, that could effect this vital community of Indians, who are working and contributing to development of countries of West Asia.' Asserting that India is a functioning democracy where people already have a right to change government and it has a free press, Singh said '...There is no question that things that have happened in Egypt and other Arab countries can be replicated in India.' On India's position on recent developments in Egypt, the prime minister said people of Egypt want to move towards the process of democratisation and they have our good wishes and that is true of all countries. 'We are a functioning democracy. Though we do not believe it is our business to advise other countries, we welcome the dawn of democracy everywhere,' added Singh.