Centre tells industrialists to shrug off fear of terrorism

Centre tells industrialists to shrug off fear of terrorism

New Delhi: With terror strikes in the country’s commercial hubs creating fear among industrialists, the Centre on Monday sought to shrug off their nervousness, saying such attacks would not affect their economic prospects.

The assurance came from Union Minister of State for Home Sriprakash Jaiswal in the backdrop of recent terrorist attacks in Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Hyderabad.

Participating in a discussion on national and regional security at the India Economic Summit 2008, organised by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and industry body CII, he said the terror attacks would not affect the country’s economy.

“These blasts will not hamper the country’s economy," Jaiswal said.

Referring to the Naxal issue, the minister said the Centre has drawn up elaborate plans to deal with the menace.

The Naxal problem is the single biggest threat to the country’s internal security and industrialists are often scared to set up their plants in the affected areas.

Rejecting a view that India has failed to tackle terror, Deputy National Security Adviser Shekhar Dutt said security issues were uppermost in the minds of state and central authorities.

The approach has to be negotiation and dialogue, he said and suggested better sharing of information and communication between the Centre and the states.

Dutt said the country has a long and porous border and favoured national identity cards for all citizens to help security forces in identifying people.