File photo: Union Home Minister Amit Shah. Photograph:( IANS )
Lauding the IB officials, Shah also said, 'their work would be etched in golden letters in the annals of history'.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday delivered the 32nd Intelligence Bureau (IB) Centenary Endowment Lecture in India during which he vowed that Modi government will wipe out terrorism, left-wing extremism and insurgency in northeast completely in next five years.
"Modi Government is committed that terrorism, Left-wing extremism and insurgency in the northeast is completely wiped out in the next five years," the official press released stated Shah as saying.
Shah also said, IB was 'brain' of the national security apparatus and has helped in ensuring zero tolerance to terrorism and Naxalism.
Lauding the IB officials, Shah also said, "their work would be etched in golden letters in the annals of history".
According to an official press release, the Home Minister pointed to interlinked challenges of human and weapons trafficking, cross-border infiltration, fake Indian currency notes (FICN), hawala transactions, drug trafficking as well as cyber threats.
The home minister also emphasised on the need for coordination between different security and intelligence agencies.
Listing out national security challenges in the coming years, especially against the backdrop of the country's aim to become a $5 trillion economy, he accorded special focus on securing "land and maritime borders," the release said.
He underscored the importance of coordination between different security and intelligence agencies and exhorted them to move towards sharper intelligence analysis along with a prompt phase-wise and time-bound strategy to address national security challenges.
Encouraging IB personnel to identify solutions to these challenges and look for new ways to counter them, he asked them to change their approach to be more effective.
Noting that IB personnel work tirelessly and anonymously for national security, he underscored their contribution in helping the country emerge stronger.
He also appreciated the organisation for having tackled insurgency in the northeast "very effectively" over the years.
(With inputs from agencies)