• Information and Broadcasting Minister Anurag Thakur on Monday said that consistent efforts by the Union government had “weakened the ecosystem of terror” and had led to a “pronounced” reduction of violence in Jammu and Kashmir.
  • It has also resulted in a 80% decline in insurgency-related violence in northeast India, he added.
  • Speaking to presspersons, Mr. Thakur said the government had worked on the legal front by strengthening the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and also taken steps at the enforcement level by giving the National Investigation Agency (NIA) a truly federal structure through amendments to the relevant law.
  • “The collective effect of these measures has been weakening the ecosystem of terrorism,” he said.
  • Without naming Pakistan, Mr. Thakur said a neighbouring country was seen sheltering terrorists and propounding violence.
  • He said that an era of peace had dawned on the northeastern region since 2014 as insurgency-related violence had seen a sharp decline and civilian deaths had dropped by 89%.
  • He said the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) too had been rolled back from large parts of the northeast, including the whole of Tripura and Meghalaya.
  • China border row
  • Speaking at another press conference, BJP MP from Ladakh JamyangTsering Namgyal said that as the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is not demarcated, graziers in the border villages along China have faced problems in the past too.
  • Namgyal said, “Due to the border not demarcated, many such issues came up in the past and are surfacing today as well, it will continue in future also. Till the border is demarcated, such issues will remain…it is a larger issue, but Modiji is taking many steps such as Vibrant Village Programme to address it.”
  • As reported by The Hindu on September 20, the village head of one of the last settlements along the LAC in Chushul said that in the past one-year, at least three large grazing areas near the village have been turned into “no-man’s land” or “buffer zones”.


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