‘Proposed Communal Violence Bill against states’

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh emphasised on better and improved legal measures to encourage communal harmony.

New Delhi: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Saturday opposed the proposed Communal Violence Bill saying it was against the federal structure of the country and will directly interfere with the legitimate authority of states.

"The proposed bill has many structural loopholes. The biggest problem is that this bill is against India`s federal structure. The national authority set up with the help of this bill will have the power to issue directions to any state authority for any investigation," he said during the meeting of the National Integration Council (NIC) here.

Singh emphasised on better and improved legal measures to encourage communal harmony among people and questioned the need of the `Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2011, which is pending with the Centre.

He said the power of maintaining law and order stays with a particular state and changes in this system will bring unfavourable results in the long term.

"Our development policies and strategies have built the common man`s trust in the government and administration. Communal harmony is an important feature of Chhattisgarh, a state that has never witnessed any communal violence," the Chief Minister said.

Singh said his government takes all possible steps to solve sensitive communal issues with the help of public partnership but the involvement of police is also equally important.


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