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Gehlot for phone-tapping,Modi wants to mine Sir Creek: CM ideas lost in the din

Non-Congress CMs had the most suggestions,with the notable exception of Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot who came up with some of the most controversial ones.

Naveen Patnaik argued for a resource tax on mining companies,Ashok Gehlot wanted the power to tap phones in other states,and Narendra Modi urged the Centre to exploit the hydrocarbon reserves in the Sir Creek area. The suggestions offered by chief ministers at Monday’s meeting on internal security were varied and innovative but most got lost in the noise around the debate on federalism.

Non-Congress CMs had the most suggestions,with the notable exception of Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot who came up with some of the most controversial ones.

Consider:

Naveen Patnaik,Orissa

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1. A “mineral resource rent tax” on private mining companies “to be charged at 50 per cent of the surplus rent”.

2. At least one public sector bank branch in each of the blocks in the scheduled tribal-dominated areas.

Mamata Banerjee,West Bengal

1. Increase in the quantity of rice to BPL families in Naxal areas.

2. Machines to detect fake currency near border,Naxal-hit areas.

Nitish Kumar,Bihar

1. Training in “humane behaviour” for the Sashastra Seema Bal at the India-Nepal border.

2. Zero tolerance towards corruption as government policy.

Ashok Gehlot,Rajasthan

1. Powers to intercept telephones in other states be vested in the home secretaries.

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2. Mobile phone service providers be mandated to make available call records of the last five years instead of one.

3. Security agencies be allowed to access databases of banks,passport office,railways and aviation companies,and also from NIA and NTRO.

4. A system at the Centre to monitor objectionable content loaded on websites from servers abroad.

Raman Singh,Chhattisgarh

1. A National Security Guards battalion in Chhattisgarh.

2. Housing for security personnel as priority.

Narendra Modi,Gujarat

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1. Creation of a dedicated force to exploit the hydrocarbon reserve in Sir Creek area,and tapping of the solar energy potential on the western borders of Rajasthan and Gujarat. This would also help security.

2. Every sub-inspector from a training college be asked to impart 100 hours of training to constables.

First published on: 18-04-2012 at 01:36:28 am
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