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4:16 am - Tuesday October 21, 2014

Raise India Intelligence services, says Kalam

Dr. Abdul KalamAgencies, New Delhi Former President APJ Abdul Kalam today mooted a proposal to raise an all India Intelligence Services(IIS), on the lines of IAS and other such cadres, to form a crack force of well-trained intelligence service personnel to tackle emerging security threats.

Delivering the annual RN Kao Memorial lecture, Dr Kalam said such a force would be developed in a fashion that it would have special acumen to undertake arduous tasks and surmount challenges in the fast-changing security perception scenario. The selected candidates of the proposed IIS should be imparted special capacity building training programmes after growing through a slew of psychological,intellectual,physical etc.tests.

Addressing a jam-packed auditorium at the Cabinet Secretariat (R), Dr Kalam dealt with a number of security issues in the current international scenario of terrorism which has multi- dimensional forms,including threats from the cyber terrorism. He aired concerns over the growing influence of social media and laced his observations with incidents of assemblies of people indulging in vandalism and raising law and order threats after flash messages on the social media. The former President,however, was categorical to refute claims of those who believe that the social media could be bridled and felt that the power of the social media be harnessed instead in a manner that such energies could be channelised for national integration and nation building.

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