New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee Monday said the central government will initiate steps to modernise security forces and ensure there was “zero tolerance” to terrorism, extremism, riots and crime.

“My government will take steps to equip the security forces with the latest technology… The government will maintain utmost vigil in the area of internal security. A policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism, extremism, riots and crime will be pursued,” Mukherjee told a joint session of both houses of parliament.

Mukherjee said the states will be assisted for modernising police infrastructure and equipment will be provided to tackle new forms of terrorism, including “narco terrorism” and “cyber threats”.

“A national plan will be chalked out in consultation with the state governments to effectively curb incidents of communal violence and the challenges posed by Left-wing extremism,” Mukherjee said.

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