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India should have intelligence cadre: Modi
June 29, 2004 17:38 IST
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday met Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil and urged for an Intelligence Cadre at national level on the pattern of the Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service.
"Keeping in view the activities of our neighbouring countries, we should have a dedicated cadre for intelligence in our country on the same lines as IAS and IPS," Modi told reporters after a half-an-hour long meeting with Patil.
"This cadre should be highly qualified and well trained and its network should be built across the country. Such a network will greatly help," he said. He added that the suggestion was appreciated by Patil.
Describing the meeting as a 'courtesy call', the first for him after Patil assumed office, Modi said he submitted a Rs 400 crore plan for coastal development to guard Gujarat's 1600 km long coastline.
"This plan should be on the lines of border development plan so that national security is strengthened," Modi said. He said he had a detailed discussion with Patil, who gave a patient hearing to the proposals.
The Gujarat chief minister also informed that Patil has accepted his invitation to visit the state's coastal areas. Modi refused to take questions on the killing of four alleged Lashkar militants in Ahmedabad in an encounter recently.
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