Kashmir still a challenge due to Pakistan’s activities: Rajnath

Extremist violence in northeastern areas saw a decline of 80 per cent, Singh said.

Kashmir is still a challenge due to destabilising activities by Pakistan, union home minister Rajnath Singh said here on Monday, and asserted that the army, the Central Reserve Police, the Jammu and Kashmir police and intelligence bureau men were “acting in better coordination”.
He was talking to mediapersons after inaugurating the administrative building, residential block and officers’ mess at the SSB sector headquarters here.

Speaking about Naxal incidents, the home minister said they had dropped by 50 per cent during the last four years.
Extremist violence in northeastern areas saw a decline of 80 per cent, Singh said.
Singh said the security forces were “tackling well the militants pushed into India by Pakistan”.
“Pakistan sends militants to separate Jammu and Kashmir from India, but the security forces are dealing well with the anti-national elements and militants,” he said.
Lauding improvements made on the internal security front, he said, “No major militancy incident had taken place in India during the last four-and-a-half years (of the NarendraModi government).”
Singh said the country’s economy today was “counted as the world’s fastest growing”.
“By 2030, the Indian economy would rank among top three economies of the world”, he said.
“The Modi government has launched the world’s largest universal health care scheme Ayushmaan Bharat which has benefitted 7.5 lakh people so far”, Singh said.
The Union minister also visited Bahraich, where he laid the foundation stone of the state’s first Integrated Check Post (ICP) at the Indo-Nepal border in Rupaideha area. The ICP was constructed at a cost of Rs 200 crore.
Responding to a question about the alliance between the Samajwadi Party and the BahujanSamaj Party in Uttar Pradesh, Singh said the BJP would win not less than 72 seats in the upcoming LokSabha elections.