Good governance key to beef-up country’s internal security

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Govt working towards eradicating corruption from procurement of security systems
Sambit Patra, National Spokesperson, Bharatiya Janata Party, addresses the 9th edition of Homeland Security conference
NEW DELHI, May 24, 2017: Good governance is important for internal security and maintaining peace in the country and to achieve this it is essential to eradicate corruption from the procurement of security systems, said Mr.Sambit Patra, National Spokesperson, Bharatiya Janata Party, here today at the 9th edition of Homeland Security conference organized by FICCI in association with Vivekananda International Foundation on the theme ‘Modernisation of India’s Internal Security Mechanism’.
Speaking on Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts (AFSPA), which has been under the scanner for long, Mr.Patra said that there have been suggestions of removing AFSPA from areas which have been showing signs of peace and tranquility. However, in the past there have been incidences when after the removal of AFSPA, anti-social elements utilized these areas for regrouping
and creating nuisance.
Highlighting various initiatives of the Government of India undertaken to augment India’s security, Mr. Patra said that the policy for national security clearance for certain sensitive sectors of the economy, which codifies all existing practices was one of the major steps of the government. The new policy aimed at bringing about a healthy balance between meeting the imperatives of national security and facilitating ease of doing business and promoting investment in the country.
Besides, he added that the government had formulated a framework to counter the threat of extremists who foment and resort to violent activities from within India. Addressing the rise of Left-wing extremism in the country, Mr. Patra said that an action-plan had been developed which is a multi-pronged approach to deal with it and as a result incidences of violence owing
to Left-wing extremism has come down.
Referring to the clarion call of Prime Minister to develop a ‘SMART Police Force’, Mr. Patra said that ‘Strict and Sensitive, Modern and Mobile, Alert and Accountable, Reliable and Responsive; Techno-savvy and Trained’, police was needed and to realise this goal it is essential to hold healthy debates and modernize the processes and technology. He added that internal milieu of spirituality and calm was needed as this would be reflected on the external milieu of the citizens, which is needed for maintain peace and tranquility.
On the occasion, the dignitaries released the FICCI & EY Report, ‘Roadmap for Public Procurement in Internal Security’.
In his Special Address, General NC Vij, PVSM, UYSM, AVSM, Director, Vivekananda International Foundation (VIF), Former Chief of the Army Staff & Founder Vice Chairman, NDMA, raised pertinent issues related to internal security of the country and highlighted the ground conditions in Jammu & Kashmir and North-East and the rising of Left Wing Extremism and the looming threat of radicalization. He added that India’s maritime border and cyberspace were also in need of attention to beef-up the internal security.
General Vij said that coordinated mechanism was needed and VIF’s objective was to facilitate the stakeholders in this regard. VIF aims to become a centre of excellence to kick start innovative ideas and thoughts that can lead to a stronger, secure and prosperous India playing its destined role in global affairs, he added.
Mr. Harshavardhan Neotia, Immediate Past President, FICCI and Chairman, Ambuja Neotia Group, said that to ensure that procurement for police modernisation of Central Armed Police Forces and State Police Forces is conducted in an efficient and transparent manner, a comprehensive set of guidelines, principles and policies should be available. Additionally, the
technological advancements should be utilized in changing the existing public procurement model in internal security.
Mr. Neotia said that to address the requirements of various police modernisation projects, the present public procurement framework adopted for generic public sector projects may not be adequate. It is therefore essential to examine the procurement framework for police modernisation projects and suggest ways to circumvent the challenges faced in the
procurement and execution.
In his Theme Presentation, Mr. Rahul Rishi, Advisory Partner, IT & E-Governance, EY, underlined the challenges in public procurement such as limited applicability of procurement guidelines, lack of previous reference models, need for innovative procurement models and limited experience of procuring entities.
Mr. Rishi said that to modernize internals security, there was a need for defined procurement guidelines and model RFPs; collaborative procurement model for smart internal security projects; standard codification for procurement categories; knowledge management framework for smart internal security and engagement with industry and vendor community.
In his Closing Address, Mr. G. K. Pillai, Chair, FICCI Committee on Homeland Security & Former Union Home Secretary, Government of India, said that there was need for the government, police and industry to work in tandem for economic growth of the country. He added that the government and police needed to trust business to create an environment of security and for business to flourish.
Mr. Pillai said that this is a disruptive age and rapid advancements in technology demanded upgrading of skills of the police at a faster pace. Earlier, the skills became obsolete in 15-20 years but now the time has come down to 3-5 years; thus there was a need to re-invent the processes continuously.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017