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Cong, Oppn CMs differ on police reforms

Cong, Oppn CMs differ on police reforms
Congress chief ministers  on Monday welcomed the recommendations of the Second Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) for changes in police set-ups while those from the opposition disagreed with it.

The chief ministers were speaking at a conference called by home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde here.

‘I complement the ARC for bringing together specific recommendations,’ said Haryana chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

Noting that Haryana had set up a state police board and a police complaints authority as suggested by the ARC, Hooda said he has attempted separating criminal investigation from law and order by setting up an independent state crime branch.

Himachal Pradesh’s minister for social justice Dhani Ram Shandil, who represented chief minister Virbhadra Singh, sought special assistance from the central government to improve the police force and help it deal with drug trafficking in the hill state.

The opposition ruled states expressed their reservations on the ARC recommendations.

While Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said that the recommendations were against the principles of federalism, Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa said that the government was treating the balance of power between the centre and states lackadaisically.

‘These recommendations are against the principles of federalism,’ said Nitish Kumar.

‘The balance of power between centre and states has been treated lackadaisically by the government,’ said Jayalalithaa.

Both did not attend the meeting. According to the Nitish Kumar, it would be a serious anomaly if the police hierarchy is controlled in its daily functioning by a plethora of authorities, as suggested by the ARC.


POLICE NEED TO BE INSULATED FROM PRESSURES, SAYS SHINDE


Police need to be provided a better working environment ‘insulated from pulls and pressures’, union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said on Monday as he pitched for police reforms.

‘Public order and police today in India are facing challenges. With the ever changing social landscape and the ever rising public expectations, the load on the police force will only increase further with an enhanced focus on accountability and transparency in police functioning,’ Shinde said at a chief ministers' conference to discuss a report on public order of the Second Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) here.

‘This pressure will increase from all the stakeholders, not only to demand better detection, investigation and prevention of crime, but also to provide a better working environment for the police which is insulated from pulls and pressures,’ he added.

Under these circumstances, the minister said, ‘it becomes incumbent upon us to put our heads together and take stock of the existing situation and recommendations under consideration’.
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