Zero tolerance on militancy, terrorism
The government has announced 'zero tolerance' against militancy, terrorism and any attempt to disrupt law and order situation as a 17-member National Committee on Militancy Resistance and Prevention held a meeting at the home ministry yesterday.
Briefing reporters after an over two-hour meeting at the home ministry, Sohel Taj said a three-phase programmes will be undertaken in short, medium and long terms to deal with a twin-problem posed by militancy and terrorism.
"Militancy is under control but that does not mean it does not exist," Taj told reporters as reports come in almost every day about the arrest of suspects.
State Minister for Home Affairs Tanjim Ahmad Sohel Taj heads the high-powered committee as chairman. Representatives from the ministries of home, law, education, religious affairs, LGRD, information and different law enforcement and intelligence agencies will be its members.
The state minister said since militants operate beyond geographical boundaries, the government will share information and experience with neighbouring countries to deal with the menace.
Taj said the National Committee in its short-term plan has taken up 6-point motivational work among the people to create awareness against militancy.
Under the comprehensive combat plan, upazila law and order committee with the support of Ansars will conduct awareness program among the people in each upazila.
The education ministry has been given the responsibility of spearheading campaigns for building anti-militancy awareness at schools, colleges and madrasas through teachers under the leadership of upazila nirbahi officer and education officer in each upazila.
The LGRD ministry will constitute committees with union council chairmen to create awareness in each union while the religious affairs ministry will carry forward the awareness program in all religious institutions.
On its part, the information ministry will circulate leaflets at civic spots and prepare documentary films to wage a cyber war against militancy.
As striking force, law enforcing and intelligence agencies will remain active in each area to take "immediate action on information from local people about the militants and terrorists."