GS-3, Internal security, Uncategorized

National insecurity

Indian Express

Issue

  • Accountability needs to be set for lapses in the National Security.

Context

  • Something is seriously wrong with our counter-terror security establishment,” Parliament’s Standing Committee on Home Affairs has reported regarding attack on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot.
  • It said that something is seriously wrong with our counter-terror security establishment,
  • Its calls for more effective police action against cross-border trafficking, to “effectively seal the border” and for “better intelligence and operational coordination”

Moment of Truth

  • The truth is that the resources to do what the committee knows needs doing just do not exist.
  • Funds are not available even for fuel and maintenance needs for Punjab Police patrol vehicles.
  • BSF is desperately short of officer-rank personnel.
  • IB and R&AW are over a third short of staff allocations.
  • Throughout the security sector, training standards are being diluted, and specialist skills are in short supply.

Problem

Accountability can’t be demanded unless security forces are given functional autonomy, and credible resources to go with it.

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