Patil expresses concern over Tiger air capability
India's Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil has expressed concern over
the reported air capability of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)
that could be a threat to the vital installations in South India.
Stressing the need to synergise the efforts of all key partners for a
safer and more efficient functioning of the installations in various
sectors, he said the government would take all steps to protect the
atomic energy installations and ports.
Inaugurating a "Security of Installations in Key Sectors" conference
on Monday, Patil said the government was aware of the need to provide
foolproof, multi-tier security to key atomic plants, establishments of
the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and other set-ups in
Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. The
conference was attended by heads of installations along with their
"There is a need to pool our efforts, have better coordination and
upgrade our technological skills to secure our installations, which are
critical to our country," he said. There was need to protect the supply
chain of raw materials to the critical industries, particularly in oil
and natural gas sectors, as any disruption would not only impede their
functioning but also impact the country's growing economy. An integrated
security system could be the answer to protect the vital installations.
Perhaps for the first time, security chiefs and heads of public
sector giants such as Indian Oil, ONGC and Oil India, port trusts and
private companies such as the Reliance Energy and the GMR attended the