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Modi wants Andhra bifurcation expedited

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Goswami is also likely to give a detailed briefing to the PM on the divisions of the Home Ministry. Goswami is also likely to give a detailed briefing to the PM on the divisions of the Home Ministry.

With less than two weeks to go for the foundation of the newly-carved state of Telangana, Narendra Modi is learnt to have asked Union home secretary Anil Goswami to expedite the bifurcation process, which is said to be lagging behind. A day after the meeting with Modi, Goswami held a three-hour meeting with his officers, where he is also said to have finalised a blueprint for the functioning of various divisions of the Home Ministry, which will be shown to the PM, officials said.

It is learnt that during the 45-minute meeting between Modi and Goswami on Monday, the latter spelled out the status of bifurcation, after which it was observed that immediate attention needs to be given to the newly-carved state as this will be among one of the first processes to be completed on June 2 after Modi takes over as PM on May 26. It was observed that division of IAS and IPS cadre between the two states has not been finalised and needs to be prioritised.

Other areas of concern include the special package amount to be given to Seemandhra and the name to be given to the new capital.

Goswami is also likely to give a detailed briefing to the PM on the divisions of the Home Ministry. The key divisions of internal security, Naxal management, Northeast and Kashmir have presented their action plans, where they are said to have highlighted their achievements and the gaps that need to be filled.

The Northeast division is said to have projected zero level infiltration from neighbouring countries. Among the immediate steps, the Home Ministry plans to bring a proposal to appoint a Naga interlocutor. The position has fallen vacant after R S Pandey, a former bureaucrat, resigned.

The Naxal management division, in its action plan, suggested the Centre should stress on imposing a writ on State governments for deployment of central paramilitary forces. In the past, there have been instances where central and state forces deployed in left wing extremist areas quarrelled over jurisdiction.

At the meeting with the home secretary, the internal security division also came up with suggestions and plans to give more teeth to the anti-terror mechanism by strengthening the NIA and rolling out the CCTNS scheme — a long-pending police modernisation project that aims to connect every police station in the country to a central database.

The Kashmir division suggested that people who have migrated from the Valley should be brought back and rehabilitated through confidence building measures.

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