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Steps being taken to prevent 26 September-type attack: Shinde

‘We had information about possible infiltration attempts in the entire belt (Indo-Pak border along Jammu sector). We are making corrections based on our experience...,’ home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said here addressing his monthly press conference.

Shinde said his ministry has sought a report from the Jammu and Kashmir government on the possible lapses with regard to the incident.

He also said Border Security Force (BSF) and the Army are also inquiring into the incident in which three terrorists carried out the audacious attack in Jammu region, killing ten people, including an Army officer on 26 September.

Dressed in Army fatigues, the terrorists stormed a police station and then an Army camp in the area.

Meanwhile, the home ministry also rejected suggestions that its ambitious project ‘Udaan’ – a unique joint initiative between the government and corporates aiming at providing skills and enhancing job opportunities for youth of Jammu and Kashmir was a ‘non-starter’.

Home secretary Anil Goswami said there have been some concerns of the corporates who are involved in this scheme and those issues are being addressed.

‘We have told the recruiters that if you inform us about your recruitment dates in 30-35 days in advance we can help you by arranging the logistics.... We will do things in advance,’ he said.

A total of 57,000 students from the state are being targeted for employment-oriented training through the scheme run in collaboration with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
Goswami said background checks and verification of the selected candidates are being done ‘as expeditiously as possible’.

During the interaction, Shinde, while replying to a question about SGPC honouring the assassins of former Army chief A S Vaidya yesterday in Amritsar, said such things ‘should not be encouraged’.
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