Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 Oct 2018 14:19:05











SOUND security apparatus is a critical component of ensuring peace within the country. National Security Guard (NSG), the elite counter-terror force, plays a key role in carrying this responsibility. It is a surprise that the important arm of security apparatus is working without a regular Inspector General (Operations) for last six months. While NSG Director General Sudeep Lakhtakia has shown “complete faith” in the capabilities of the Deputy IG (Operations) and Force Commander in absence of a regular chief, it does not augur well for an anti-terror force that is the first respondent to any contingency within the country. NSG has been instrumental in neutralising 26/11 attackers in Mumbai with its quick response. Since then it has been tasked to train specialised counter-terrorism forces of various States. With such important assignments at hand, including picking of commandoes, the IG (Operations) post cannot remain vacant for such long. It is imperative for the MHA to heed to the force’s valid demand and appoint a responsible head.



UNION Minister Mr. Nitin Gadkari has spelt out an ambitious river-linking plan to sort out the water problem faced by some of the southern states. Mr. Gadkari, while addressing a convention in Hyderabad recently, informed that the Union Government has drawn a plan to link six southern rivers at a whopping cost of Rs. two lakh crores. Though the cost appears very hefty, the purpose it is expected to serve is much more lofty. If the project is undertaken in right earnest it would not only solve the long felt shortage of water by states like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu but will also help in sorting out the age-old discord among these states over sharing of water. While the Centre has shown willingness undertaking the river-linking project, it is also the responsibility of the concerned states to put in their own share of effort and resources for its successful and speedy implementation. While taking up the project the Central Government will have to address environmental concerns.