Maya govt to recruit police to guard memorials
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 03, 2010, 12:08
  
Lucknow: After failing to get the Governor's nod for a bill and an ordinance, the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh on Friday took a controversial decision to start recruitment from Saturday for a police force to guard parks and memorials for Dalit icons.

"The need for a trained force for the security of these memorials and parks was felt by the government and the state cabinet today (Friday) decided to recruit ex servicemen to raise a battalion of some 1200 personnel for providing security to nine parks, memorials and museums in Lucknow and NOIDA", Cabinet Secretary Shahshank Shekhar Singh said here.

On the bill and ordinance sent to the Governor on February 18 and March 26 respectively, Singh said they have nothing to do with today's decision by the cabinet. The Governor is yet to clear either the bill or the ordinance.

To a question whether the bill and the ordinace would become infructuous with the cabinet's decision to recruit ex- servicemen for the police force, Singh said they were pending with the Governor and the government has had no talks on them with the Raj Bhawan.

He said today's decision was a "normal administrative" decision taken by the cabinet and there was no requirement for bringing a bill or ordinance for it.

The bill or ordinance is required only when special powers have to be extended, Singh said adding the new battalion would be devoid of the special powers of arrest and frisking which were part of the bill passed by both the Houses of the state legislature in February this year.

On why the ordinace was sent to the Raj Bhawan when the bill was already pending, Singh said it was sent with certain amendments when there was no communication from the Governor, keeping in mind the urgent need of extending security to these parks and memorials.

The cabinet secretary said that keeping in mind the "inflammatory" remarks often made by some elements and PILs filed in courts on these parks and memorials by people having "anti-Dalit mentality" there was a chance that the structures could be harmed by "anti-social" elements in the absence of proper security, which could lead to law and order situation in the country.

"There is a shortage of policemen in the state, for which the state government has already started the recruitment of some two lakh policemen and if under such circumstances they were deployed for other tasks, it could have been detrimental to maintaining law and order," Singh said adding that under these circumstances the government has decided to raise a special force for the security of these monuments.

"All these parks and memorials are very important and are symbols of government's endeavour to establish samtamolak samak (egalitarian society) which would prove to be inspiration for future generations," Singh added.

The state assembly and legislative council had in the budget session passed UP Special Zone protection Bill to raise the force for security of memorials and parks constructed in Lucknow and NOIDA.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, April 03, 2010, 12:08


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