Bihar CM criticises proposed police reform policy
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 16:30
New Delhi: The Union government's proposed police reform policy suggesting appointment and fixing of the tenure of a state police chief by the Centre on Tuesday came in for strident criticism from Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

"The Centre should also desist from framing rules providing for any type of role to be exercised by the UPSC or Ministry of Home Affairs in matters like selection of DGP.

"The efforts of the union government to maintain internal security will succeed only if states are enabled to exercise effective control over policing, dilution of which under the guise of police reforms must be avoided," he said at an internal security conference here.

Urging the participating CMs to build a consensus to protect the accountability of the police force to the state government, Kumar said, "If some people think that powers of the state governments need to be curtailed...they should press for constitutional amendment to remove police and public order from the administrative and legislative purview of the states and give the powers and the responsibility to the Centre."

Underlining the need for a fine balance between granting of functional autonomy to police and keeping them under overall control of the government, Kumar claimed the security scenario in Bihar has improved and police there now enjoyed more functional freedom to take action and decisions in crime control and investigations.

Kumar demanded that the Centre should reimburse Rs 613.15 crore spent by the state for upgrading roads in Naxal-hit areas.

"My government had a disappointing experience when reimbursement of expenditure incurred by us for developing roads in Naxal-affected areas was refused by the Centre despite repeated pleas. In this way, our proactive action for development was not recognised and rewarded, rather we got penalised for the same," he said.

He also requested the Centre to provide 400 CRPF companies for Bihar panchayat elections, due in May.

Noting that strengthening of intelligence wing is a priority area for the state, Kumar said his government was working to restructure the Special Branch of the Intelligence by creating separate divisions to deal with public law and order, national security, technical support and determination.

Welcoming the Home Ministry's approval of the proposal for constructing seven roads in Bihar along the Indo-Nepal border, Kumar said there is a need to increase the deployment of SSB jawans there.


First Published: Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 16:30

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