Intelligence sharing on internal security, terrorist threats and left-wing
extremism between the civil government and the armed forces should be
encouraged to counter terrorism, said Lieutenant General B K Chengapa, General
Officer Commanding of Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala. He
stressed the need to conduct joint training and rehearsals in operations to
improve the situation.
Addressing the high level Civil Military Liasion
Conference 2010 held here today, Chengapa said that the internal security
environment in the country had changed for the worse during the last decade
with a number of threats including left wing extremism and terrorism
intensifying. Simultaneously, organized crime and smuggling in various parts of
the country had also kept the Armed forces and the state government on their
toes. They need to remain alert to emerging threats and also improve their
respective mechanisms through joint programmes and intelligence sharing, he
Chengapa suggested that the state government should
regularly share information on meteorological data and flood threats to enable
the Armed forces to provide necessary assistance on time. He pointed out that
there was a mandatory requirement of obtaining sanction from the Central
government to utilise the armed forces in such situations. He advised the state
government to use the large population of retired defence personnel in the
state for its security and development.
Acknowledging the services of the Armed forces to people
of the state during natural calamities, chief minister K Rosaiah requested them
to conduct recruitment rallies in the backward districts particularly the Naxal-infested
areas to wean the youth away from unsocial and violent activities. “Andhra
Pradesh has benefited immensely from the presence of armed forces personnel,
both serving and retired, in the state. The government is prepared to provide
logistic support to make such rallies a success,” he assured.
Rosaiah also thanked the armed forces for their
contribution in providing assistance to the state government in maintaining
internal security, law and order in times of need. The chief minister called
for an enhanced mutual understanding and cooperation between civil
administration and the armed forces.