Source: News Bharati English17 Oct 2016 12:36:14

Chandigarh, October 17: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday addressed the Regional Editors from North and North Eastern States during a two-day conference in Chandigarh. During the conference, Rajnath hit out at Pakistan raising the cross-border terrorism issue saying that Pakistan has forgotten the difference between terrorists and freedom fighters. The function was inaugurated by Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Governor of Punjab V.P Singh Badnore.

“Terrorism in India is mostly sponsored from across the border, if Pakistan is serious about fighting terror then we are ready to help them eradicate terror, but their intention is not that," said Singh. "We have also strengthened India's coastal security post the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. Our security agencies are better prepared today. We have stepped up vigil in the North Eastern region alongside the international borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Myanmar," he added.

Singh also informed that the India’s coastal security have improved since Mumbai terror attack and said that international border International border with Pakistan will be ready by 2018. "To safeguard against cross-border terror, the the international border with Pakistan will be sealed by December 2018.

"We have also strengthened India's coastal security post the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. Our security agencies are better prepared today. We have stepped up vigil in the North Eastern region alongside the international borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Myanmar," said Singh.

"There are certain perceptional differences regarding the boundaries between India and China, but the number of transgressions has reduced. On the other hand Pakistan is obsessed with certain issues," added the Home minister. He also pointed out at the economical growth during recent time. "India is one of the top 10 economies and the fastest growing economy in the world. If this trend continues, India will be among top three economies of the world," he said.  

Saying that there are certain forces in the world that do not want India to see progress, "India's development depends on its core strength and competence but certain forces do not want to see India progressing. Cyber terrorism and radicalisation are also major issues and we working towards eradicating them," he concluded as saying.

The conference was organized by Press Information Bureau to provide an opportunity to the media persons from the regions to have direct interaction with ministers and senior officials for getting deeper perspective of Government's recent initiatives and road map planned in some of the key sectors.

The conference is also going to have interactive sessions by Minister of Women & Child Development, Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region Dr Jitender Singh later in the day.

Radha Mohan Singh, Minister of Road Transport, Highways & Shipping, Nitin Gadkari and Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution Minister, Ram Vilas Paswan. Senior officials of the ministries were also present during the sessions. An exclusive session on media communication has also been scheduled to have feedback from the participants for better understanding their communication needs.

Editors and senior media persons from ten States and one Union territories-Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh ,Assam, Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Chandigarh participated in the Regional Editors Conference. An exhibition showcasing Government's initiatives of the recent past also held on the occasion.