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10 Important Points from Congress’ National Security Plan

The party said the plan was prepared after studying the report by Lt Gen (Retd.) D.S. Hooda

The Congress party on Sunday released its plan on national security, stressing on strengthening India’s security apparatus and military capability. The plan was prepared after studying the report submitted by Lt Gen (Retd.) D.S. Hooda.

Some of the important points from the plan are as follows:

  • Build a ‘smart fence’ along Myanmar to deter infiltration. The fence will be a combination of physical barrier and technological advancement.
  • The ‘Coastal Security Bill’ will be passed to strengthen and streamline the coast guards.
  • A comprehensive missile system will be gradually built.

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  • The Ministry of Defence and Chief of Defence staff will be integrated to oversee the modernization of Indian defence forces.
  • The defence budget will be based on a long term capability development plan, prepared by the defence experts.
  • India’s R&D base will be strengthened by expanding DRDO’s focus. Joint R&D projects with foreign countries will also be pursued.

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  • The current intelligence architecture will be restructured and personnel will be recruited from civil services, armed forces, technology experts and economists.
  • The powers of the National Security Council (NSC) and National Security Adviser (NSA) will be defined by law. They will be held accountable to the Parliament.
  • To tackle cyber attacks a clear policy will be formulated and new institutional structures created.
  • Homegrown hardware and software purchase will be encouraged to deter vulnerabilities from foreign technology.
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