No decision without states` concurrence: Shinde on ARC report
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Last Updated: Monday, April 15, 2013, 20:36
  
New Delhi: With some Chief Ministers accusing the Centre of trying to infringe on their powers, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde on Monday tried to allay their apprehensions saying no recommendation of Administrative Reforms Commission on policing and public order will be implemented without their consent.

Shinde also brushed aside the suggestion that many Chief Ministers boycotted today's conference convened by the Home Ministry saying representatives of 23 state governments attended it.

The Home Minister said the central government has heard all the state governments and he was of the view that the Centre should not go against the wishes of the Chief Ministers and there should be cordial relations between the Centre and the states.

"On issues where the Chief Ministers' have objections, we should not go ahead and should move only after the concurrence of the states. I am fully agree with that," he told PTI after the day-long conference.

Shinde claimed all state governments fully agreed with the suggestion that there should be reforms in police administration and policing.

"No one is against that. The suggestions of the states in today's meeting will be put forward before the Group of Ministers of administrative reforms and then the next course of action will be taken," he said.

Asked about the poor representations of Chief Ministers in the conference, the Home Minister said representatives of 23 state governments, including opposition ruled states, attended it.

The Home Minister said "it is not that the Chief Ministers have boycotted the meeting. We have received representatives of 23 states while 15 Chief Ministers have personally responded to my (invitation) letter. Even opposition party Chief Ministers like Naveen Patnaik (Odisha), Manik Sarkar (Tripura) and Neiphiu Rio (Nagaland) attended it".

However, he said, in many states, assembly sessions are on and due to that many Chief Ministers could not attend it.

"Even in my home state Maharashtra, the assembly is in session. So is the case of Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan," he said.

Only seven Chief Ministers attended the conference. They are Odisha's (Naveen Patnaik), Assam (Tarun Gogoi), Uttarakhand (Vijay Bahuguna), Tripura (Manik Sarkar), Arunachal Pradesh (Nabam Tuki), Meghalaya (Mukul Sangma) and Nagaland (Neiphiu Rio).

Key non-Congress Chief Ministers Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal), J Jayalalithaa (Tamil Nadu), Akhilesh Yadav (Uttar Pradesh), Narendra Modi (Gujarat), Nitish Kumar (Bihar), Shivraj Singh Chouhan (Madhya Pradesh) and Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh) did not attend the meeting.

Congress Chief Ministers of Maharashtra (Prithviraj Chavan), Andhra Pradesh (N Kiran Kumar Reddy), Rajasthan (Ashok Gehlot), Kerala (Oommen Chandy), Haryana (Bhupinder Singh Hooda), Manipur (O Ibobi Singh) and Himachal Pradesh (Virbhadra Singh) did not participate in it.

The Bihar Chief Minister was in Delhi yesterday but did not attend the meeting today while Himachal Pradesh and Manipur Chief Ministers had given their confirmation but did not turn up.

PTI


First Published: Monday, April 15, 2013, 20:14


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