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New Delhi : Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has played a key role in making the country a safer place and shielded India from the onslaught of global terrorism. Inaugurating the new Headquarters Office Complex of the NIA here on October 10, 2017, Rajnath said the NIA is on course to check the threat posed by terrorism.
The Union Home Minister said the NIA recently launched a crackdown on terrorism funding in Kashmir Valley sponsored from a hostile neighbouring country and their accomplices in third countries abroad. He commended the NIA, other Security Agencies, the Army, CAPFs and ATS of State Police Forces for coordinated efforts resulting in the elimination of a good number of terrorists, according to a PIB release.
Rajnath said the Government initiated steps to grant full autonomy to the NIA in investigations. ” Earlier, the NIA sought the MHA’s nod to proceed for action, but I’ve directed that there is no need for MHA’s approval and NIA is free to act discretely. Even the next Director General of NIA has been appointed almost two months in advance that would facilitate a smooth transition,” he added.
Stating that terrorism is a curse to civil society and a roadblock to development efforts in democracies the world over, the Union Home Minister said that PM Narendra Modi has brought the global community onboard in the fight against international terrorism. The Union Home Minister said the NIA in just over eight years since its creation has gained the confidence and trust of the common man by conducting fair, credible and professional investigations into few of the most audacious terrorist attacks. Rajnath said the NIA investigations have resulted in 95% conviction rate. “I am confident that NIA will maintain its credibility and professionalism,” he added, according to the PIB release.
Director General, NIA, Sharad Kumar, said the NIA will inaugurate its new regional office buildings in Guwahati in December, 2017, and Hyderabad in June, 2018.