States failed to deliver police reforms: MHA

After seven years and four committees on police reforms,the Centre has said the states have failed to deliver on the issue

Written by Rahul Tripathi | New Delhi | Published:June 17, 2013 1:54 am

After seven years and four committees on police reforms,the Centre has said the states have failed to deliver on the issue. It also claimed that the governments in Union territories have made “significant and substantial” progress. The Ministry of Home Affairs,in a note on police reforms,said only 15 states have amended their existing police Acts in line with the suggestions of various panels. An MHA panel had drafted a model police Act for states.

In 2006,the Supreme Court had called for the setting up of state/UT security commission,separate investigation from law and order,minimum two-year tenure for DGs,constitute a police complaints authority and put in place police establishment boards. Acknowledging the delay in police reforms,the MHA said,“The police is seen as selectively efficient,unsympathetic to the under-privileged and accused of politicisation and criminalisation.”

The MHA has decided to frame a new police Act soon for the UTs as the adminstrators in UT are under the overall control of the ministry. Patting its back,the ministry claimed a security commission was formed in all the UTs except Delhi and orders were issued in 2010 for a police complaint authority.

Similarly,a policy decision was taken by the MHA to fix the tenure of DGP,IGs,DIGs,SPs and SHO as two years. All UTs have also successfully set up a police establishment board,the ministry noted.

Earlier,a committee formed by the MHA had made 49 recommendations to improve policing.

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