Narendra Modi Asks States to Focus on Intelligence Sharing for Internal Security | Full Speech

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday (July 16) asked states to focus on intelligence sharing which will help the country stay “alert” and “updated” in countering internal security challenges. Addressing the Inter-State Council meeting, convened after a gap of 10 years, the Prime Minister told the Chief Ministers that “we should focus on how we can make our country prepared to counter challenges to our internal security”. Modi said internal security cannot be strengthened until and unless the states and the Centre focus on sharing intelligence. “We have to remain alert and updated always,” he said. Chief Ministers of all states, Lieutenant Governors of Union Territories and 17 Union Ministers are members of the Inter-State Council. For the first time, Modi was interacting with all Chief Ministers on a single platform ever since he assumed the charge two years ago. The Prime Minister said the meeting of the Council would deliberate on internal security challenges and how to counter them and how states the states and the Centre can cooperate. “With close cooperation, we will not only strengthen the Centre-State relations but make a better future for the citizens,” he said. Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav, belonging to Samajwadi Party, and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of Congress did not participate in the meeting. Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, which is witnessing turmoil following violent protests after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani did not participate in the meeting. Mehbooba belongs to PDP. The Prime Minister said the nation can progress only if the Union and state governments walk shoulder to shoulder. “It would be difficult for any Government to successfully implement a scheme on its own. Therefore, provision of adequate financial resources is as important as the responsibility for implementation,” he said. The Prime Minister said there are only a few occasions when the leadership of the Centre and the States, assembles together. “This forum of cooperative federalism is the perfect setting to deliberate on the interests of the people, address their problems, and take collective and concrete decisions. It highlights the vision of the makers of our Constitution.

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