News of the Day 19th Sep 2016
Valley unrest hits intel gathering
- As per the account of senior official from Home Ministry, the three-month unrest in the Kashmir Valley created a huge vacuum for intelligence. This has aided the attack on the Army base in Uri.
- Several areas of Kashmir have been put under curfew. This affected movement of informers. This lead to the lack of intelligence inputs or information on the Uri attack.
- The prolonged curfew restrained the movement of informers to reach out to their handlers.
- The breakdown in communication channels makes it difficult to get specific information .In such situation, the informers don’t prefer venturing out for the fear of being identified and killed.
- Terrorists’ planned to target the Army’s administrative block in Uri in consonance with previous attacks on security establishments by JeM’s. Previous attack on Pathankot airbase was on January 2.
- The terrorists are careful in not using phones and the only reliable information IB used to get on their movement was from local informers. The human intelligence network has suffered a lot.
Niti Aayog ruled out special status: Venkaiah
- The Centre was almost ready to grant the Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra Pradesh but two factors dissuaded centre from going ahead with its decision.
- The reasons being – clamour from nine more States for the same tag and NITI Aayog ruling out the possibility.
- Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said that “Till the end, my argument was the same before the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley. When we are prepared to give thousands of crores more through other means why not SCS.
- At certain he tried to persuade them by saying “leave everything and just give SCS, the main demand”.
- But soon, it was realized that this action would envisage similar demand from other States
- As per him, NITI Aayog too ruled out the option. 14th Finance Commission report had made it clear that it would not make any distinction between special and general category States
- The Minister asserted that the class of SCS would cease to exist going by the Commission report. Quoting from its report, he said it took into account disabilities arising out of constraints unique to each state to arrive at expenditure needs and recommended filling of resource gaps mainly through increased tax devolution.
- In certain cases,where devolution was not able to cover the assessed gap, it had recommended post-devolution grants for revenue deficit and the Centre has agreed to take that responsibility in the case of AP spread over five years.
Uri terror attack: Two-point breach helped terrorists access Army camp
- The security establishment is probing atwo-point breach in Uri trror attack. Among the two point breach, first has been at the Line of Control (LoC) at Uri and the second at the perimeter of the Army base that saw the fencing wire being cut.
- The two miscues have driven security establishments to suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) fidayeen accessed the heavily-guarded camp and execute one of the deadliest suicide attacks in J&K.
- Home miniter has called the review meeting on the pretext that those on sentry duty were not sufficiently alert. It is being considered as a serious lapse in view of the getting warned by Pathankot attack.
- In Pathankot attack, a fidayeen squad of Jaish infiltrated the crucial air base. It was done by Pak to cause upheaval in J&K.
- Intelligence agencies Sources informed that JeM was identified as the perpetrator of theUri attack. It is being said considering the fact that a representative of the terror outfit called up a local journalist in Kashmir and claimed responsibility of the same.
- It is being suspected that four Jaish fidayeen crossed the LoC at Uri. Uri doesn’t lie too far from the Army base. They reached on Saturday night and were present at the base for an early morning strike.
- Agencies did not rule out help from an overground worker in assisting the Jaish masterminds about the troop positions within the camp, thus helping the fidayeen maximise casualties.
- The terrorists were aware of the layout of the camp and knew their way around and forward.