Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has said that the government has been successful in reducing the influence of the terror outfit ISIS among Indian youth after using proper communication with them. Speaking to the media after inaugurating the cable-stayed bridge
over the river Ravi, connecting the remote Basohli tehsil of Jammu and Kashmir with neighbouring Punjab and Himachal Pradesh, Parrikar said “I don’t think we should take on them (youngsters) in a big way as they did not act.”
He said that the government has the proper plans to deal with it. However, he didn’t disclose the strategy to defeat the ISIS.
“How can I tell you what will be our strategy,” he said.
Parrikar’s comments have come a few days after General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 16 Corps Lt General R R Nimbhorkar had said that radicalisation of youth was a matter of concern and we have to analyse the reasons behind it. Nimbhorkar also said that it is the greater responsibility of parents, teachers, peers and government agencies, to play their roles in ensuring that radicalisation does not take place.
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Answering a query about the alleged involvement of army personal in the suspected espionage case involving Pakistan’ spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence
or ISI, the defence minister said that the government had already tightened the security (intelligence).
On PM Modi’s Russia visit and the impending defence deals, Parrikar said that India’s relationship with Russia is not new.
“We have never been away from Russia. Our relationship with Russia on the old contracts (Defence) were already there. Though new contracts were less but now they are taken care of,” he said.
While speaking at the function, he also said that this year the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has completely come under the defence ministry and its efficiency has increased. Earlier, BRO was under the surface transport ministry.
“ Now we don’t need to go to other ministries to seek funds. This is the first BRO project that was finished before time.” he said.
Parrikar said that new and modern technology was being adopted in the construction of roads and tunnels in Jammu and Kashmir with 20-25 tunnels in the pipeline.
He said the need of the hour is to provide 12-month connectivity to the areas affected by snowfall in winters. The bridge, which is the fourth cable-stayed bridge in India, will reduce road distance between Basholi and Pathankot from 100 kms to 56 kms, and 45 kms to Dalhousie in Himachal Pradesh from 180 kms. Named Atal Setu, the bridge has been dedicated to the nation on the eve of former Prime Minsiter Atal Behari Vajpayee’s birthday on December 25.
The work on the maiden cable stayed bridge of the state was started in September 2010 on the persistent demand of people of Basohli.