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Shinde: Report on CMs’ views,govt response by June 21

Two days after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi demanded a “white paper” on internal security during 10 years of the UPA’s rule

Two days after Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi demanded a “white paper” on internal security during 10 years of the UPA’s rule,Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Friday set a deadline of June 21 to compile a list of recommendations made by chief ministers on internal security and action taken by the Centre on them during the Congress rule from 2004 to 2012.

An MHA communication said,“The details of all the recommendations and action taken during the annual internal security meetings between Centre and CMs,DGPs and IGs of the states between 2004 and 2012 shall be prepared and given to Home Ministry by June 21.” This will also include the analysis of decisions taken by the Standing Committee on Left Wing Extremism (LWE).

Accusing the Centre of making annual meetings a “ritual”,Modi had demanded that the government should bring a “white paper” on internal security for 10 years that it had ruled. “We have been coming every year to attend the annual meeting under PM Manmohan Singh. The government should bring a white paper on the recommendations made by CMs and action taken on theses recommendations,” Modi had said on the sidelines of the internal security meeting on Wednesday.

Replying to Modi’s allegations,Finance Minister P Chidambaram had said,“After I took over as Home Minister,a briefing was being held every month which also included report on internal security issues.” I&B Minister Manish Tewari also rejected the suggestions of a white paper: “We have been bringing UPA report card every year and internal security is part of it.”

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Shinde,however,seems to have taken a different line and soon after the meeting with the CMs directed the Home Ministry to seek details of the proposals given by them in the past and also status of these proposals. Sources said the decision was also taken in the wake of J&K CM Omar Abdullah’s statement during the meeting. Abdullah had complained that MHA in one of its replies to a Parliament question on Armed Forces Special Powers Act had said that “they have not received any proposal from the J&K government”.

The sources said the MHA will also review the Multi Agency Centre and State Multi Agency Centre set up at 362 locations to share intelligence with states. Apart from the LWE,the MHA has sought details on the funds provided to states for police modernisation,strengthening of intelligence wings and security issues related to border management.