The state of Jammu and Kashmir is still a challenge due to destabilising activities by Pakistan, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday.
He was talking to media persons after inaugurating the administrative building, residential block and officers” mess at the SSB sector headquarters.
“Kashmir is still a challenge due to destabilising activities by neighbouring Pakistan. However, the Army, the CRPF, the Jammu and Kashmir police and intelligence bureau men are acting in better coordination,” he said.
Speaking about incidents of violence by Maoists, the home minister said they had dropped by 50 per cent during the last four years.
“During the last four years, India has witnessed a 50% drop in Naxalism and extremism in the north-eastern states has declined by 80%,” he said, talking to reporters after inaugurating the SSB sector headquarters building in Lakhimpur.
Lauding improvements made on the internal security front, he said, “No major terrorist incident had taken place in India during the last four-and-a-half years (of the Narendra Modi government).”
Mr Singh said the country’s economy today was counted as the world’s fastest growing.
“By 2030, the Indian economy would rank among top three economies of the world,” he said.
“The Modi government has launched the world’s largest universal health care scheme Ayushmaan Bharat which has benefitted 7.5 lakh people so far,” Mr Singh said.
When asked about the falling rupee against the dollar, Singh said, “This always happens due to certain factors, including fluctuation in crude oil prices.” But he added, “The power of the Indian economy cannot be judged by the dollar.”