Internal security may move out of Home, report directly to PM

Former Home Secretary R K Singh may be made the Minister of State of a downsized MHA.

Written by Amitav Ranjan | New Delhi | Published:May 22, 2014 2:02 am

AMID talks of key ministries being streamlined under the new government, work is underway to isolate the Internal Security division from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and place it directly under the Prime Minister.

MHA sources said the two wings in the Internal Security division could be shifted to South Block, while the various agencies under the ministry would be retained at their present locations. The shift to the PMO would put agencies like the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and National Investigation Agency (NIA) directly under the National Security Adviser (NSA), whose role is set to be strengthened in the BJP-led government.

The MHA would have no say in taking decisions on key inputs or steps provided or taken by these agencies. Earlier, the MHA called the shots on taking action against terrorism or sharing intelligence inputs gathered by the Multi Agency Centre, with enforcement agencies of other ministries and the NSA merely being apprised of the decisions.

The move would truncate the MHA’s role to paramilitary forces deployment, coordination with state police forces and their modernisation, foreigners division, state awards and mints.

Former Home Secretary R K Singh may be made the Minister of State of a downsized MHA. It is for this reason that BJP president Rajnath Singh, who was said to be in the running for the MHA, may opt for the Ministry of Defence now.

In a related development, sources said the Cabinet Secretary on Wednesday asked key economic ministries to consider amalgamating with their upstream counterparts. One key suggestion was to merge the coal and power ministries — the former is learnt to have opposed the move while the latter agreed.

The move, part of the strategy to keep the Cabinet small while inducting more Ministers of State, is being seen as an attempt by Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi to stay nimble-footed on decision-making.

BJP sources said former bureaucrats-turned-BJP advisors have recommended merging the ministries of Petroleum with New & Renewable Energy under the Energy umbrella, as reported by The Indian Express on Wednesday. And it is almost certain that the Ministry of Corporate Affairs would be shifted into Finance as much of what the former codifies or executes gets reflected in the revenue outcome of the latter, they said.

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    Ajit
    May 22, 2014 at 7:35 am
    merge all the transport ministries too (Road, Rail, Shipping, Air)
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      TheFifthFaquir
      May 22, 2014 at 5:03 am
      Pl take care of Education, Research and national science and technology departments exclusively and urgently. They are almost ruined. These things build the should and core of a country, its future also. But due to gross neglect by the previous government, education and scientific research departments have almost collapsed.
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        Toffee model
        May 22, 2014 at 8:44 am
        Better accountability ... this one is better than pappu (Khangress) model where you have aEGoM and GOM at the drop of hat. .and all meetings happen for just seetign some agenda taht will not be followedfinally by the minister.. and PM will have no control over this... ultimately leading to ZERO acccountability and high corruption...
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          joseph
          May 22, 2014 at 7:29 am
          Look you don't get the point. MHA has many other responcibility and i think the MHA will now be utilized for center-state relations also.Also don't forget if something like 2002 happens blame is gonna go on Modi even if he is not responsible and thats why he is taking internal security under him, so that he can try to prevent them or atleast interfere at the right time.
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            Anil
            May 22, 2014 at 5:07 am
            This is Gujarat Model, all departments have managed by one person and one man show.
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              piyush
              May 26, 2014 at 11:04 am
              As this step will also provide relief to over burdened Para military forces. MHA may spare time to strengthen this maximum utilized tool to deal with internal security issues
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                Ravi Ranjan
                May 22, 2014 at 4:31 am
                This seems to be a good move.
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                  Srikanthan Rajagopalan
                  May 22, 2014 at 2:21 am
                  It is a good sign. IB and NIA under the direct control of the PM like Modi would certainly strengthen the nation's security. Achche din aane wale hain.
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                    Citizen
                    May 22, 2014 at 12:29 am
                    Good less number of ministers would benefit the nation in many wayscluding internal exchange of necessary doents with out much ego of our usual politicians in the interests of the nation/common man. Jaihind
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