President Pranab Mukherjee today noted that India has faced a grave challenge of terrorism for the last four decades including cross-border attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.
Mukherjee, in his address to the joint sitting of both the Houses of Parliament on the opening day of the Budget Session, said that the government is committed to combating terrorism and ensuring that the perpetrators of such acts are brought to justice.
“India will actively cooperate with other nations to decisively defeat terrorist forces,” Mukherjee said as he choose to refer to one of the government's ‘decisive’ steps of surgical strikes in September last year.
He also mentioned that the government had decided to demonetise old currency notes to tackle the problem of terror financing among other security threats.
"India has been facing the grave challenge of terrorism for the last four decades. Terrorism poses a serious danger to the global community. India will actively collaborate with other nations in decisively defeating these forces. My government is committed to combating terrorism, and to ensure that the perpetrators of such acts are brought to justice," the President said in his nearly hour-long address.
Noting that J&K has been affected by terrorism sponsored and supported from across the border, Mukherjee said that the attempts of infiltration, incidents of terrorist violence and loss of precious lives of civilians and security personnel remain a cause of ‘grave concern’.
He also talked about Left Wing Extremism and said there has been considerable success in containing the menace over the last three years, with the surrender of over 2,600 extremists. The security situation in the north eastern states has also shown significant improvement, he added.