Manesar (Haryana), Oct 16: Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said Tuesday that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir had improved but the government would only think of removing AFSPA from some parts of the state after watching the situation for some more time.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the function to mark 28th raising day of the National Security Guard here, Shinde said the situation had been relatively peaceful in the border state for the past year.
“I visited Kashimr recently. It is peaceful,” Shinde said.
He said the government “can think of removing” Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from some parts of the state after watching the siutation for some more months.
There have been demands from some political parties in the state for removal of the act from districts of the state that are peaceful.
Shinde also said his ministry was in touch with authorities in Haryana over spurt in rape cases in the state.
Earlier, in his speech at the function, Shinde hoped the NSG will keep up its good work.
He said the government was looking into demands for modernistation of weaponary of the specialised force.
NSG was set up in 1984 as a federal contingency deployment force to tackle terrorism in the country.