JK CM makes case for withdrawal of AFSPA in CM’s Conference
New Delhi/Jammu, April 16 (Scoop News) - Making a case for withdrawal of AFSPA from areas and districts which are not affected by the insurgent and terrorist activities, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Monday said that he is of firm belief that the distinct change in the security environment in the State calls for reviewing the continuation of AFSPA.
Addressing Chief Minister’s Conference here, the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister said that Armed Forces Special Powers Act has played its role when the insurgency was at its peak. “However, now that there is a distinct change in the security environment in the State, there is a good case for reviewing the continuation of AFSPA from areas and districts which are not affected by the insurgent and terrorist activities.
“As the situation is fast improving the footprints of security forces need to be decreased progressively so that the people can feel the impact of the changed security scenario”, he said adding that 12 battalions of BSF and CRPF have been withdrawn from the State since 2009 besides removing 39 bunkers. He said more 24 bunkers are being removed from
Underlining the importance of continuous dialogue between
The Chief Minister said that the State Government welcomes the recent talks between Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh and President of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari. “The State Government would welcome all such measures which aim at restoring normalcy and bringing in lasting peace in
Flagging Cross LoC Trade as a major Confidence Building Measure (CBM) between
The Chief Minister also spoke about Rehabilitation Policy announced in 2010 and said that 1034 applications have been received from the parents and relatives of the prospective returnees under the Policy. “Of these, 67 cases have been recommended in high level committee meetings. A decision on these is required to be taken at the earliest”, he said calling for a mechanism to ensure safe return of these to the State to facilitate their transaction for leading peaceful lives, rejoining the national mainstream and contributing towards peace, prosperity and progress of
Omar Abdullah also urged the Centre Government to take effective measures for implementing the recommendations made by the Interlocutors. “The Group of Interlocutors appointed by the Centre Government has submitted its report and I would urge the Government of India to take effective measures for implementing the recommendations made by the Interlocutors”, he said.
The Chief Minister said that after three continuous summers of discontent the State witnessed peaceful 2011 which has unfolded the promises of new beginning. “I am hopeful that peace dividends achieved in the year 2011 will continue to percolate to the people and usher a new year of peace and development in the State”, he said mentioning the cooperation of people in maintaining the tranquility.
Omar Abdullah also underlined the commitment and professionalism of security forces and J&K Police and the adoption of newly framed Standing Operating Procedures (SPOs) to control law and order disturbances. “The overall security scenario during 2011 has shown remarkable improvement and all indices of violence have shown a declined trend. The number of terrorist incidents declined”, he said adding that strict surveillance of borders by the security forces and their tireless efforts in neutralising the terrorists has resulted in considerable reduction in infiltration bids. However, Omar Abdullah opposed the amendment to the Sections 4 and 139 of BSF Act 1968 aimed at giving BSF powers of arrest, search and seizure.
The Chief Minister said that
“I must caution that the progressive improvement in the security situation should not lead us to complacency. We have to continue to maintain constant vigil and alertness and ensure, at the same time, that the fundamental rights and civil liberties granted to our citizens by the constitution are scrupulously maintained and respected. Therefore, while tackling the remnants of militancy with stern hand, the State Government is committed to a policy of zero tolerance viz-a-viz the infringement of human rights”, the Chief Minister asserted.
The Chief Minister said that while the State Police has achieved an enviable level of expertise in handling militancy and terrorist related incidents, it is still in the process of transaction in the handling of law and order situations of the kind now being seen in
Battalions have been specially trained for law and order maintenance duties”, he said urging the Centre Government for providing the necessary assistance to further upgrade the skills of the State Police so that it is able to handle law and order situation more effectively and take over the responsible of law and order gradually.
Underscoring the need for enhancing honorarium of Special Police Officials (SPOs), the Chief Minister said that SPOs have been playing an important role in assisting the Police in fighting militancy in the State. “An SPO is being paid an honorarium of Rs. 3000 per month. Keeping in view their contribution there is a need to enhance their honorarium so as to boost their morale and motivate them for better delivery”, he added.
The Conference was chaired by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh while the Home Minister, P. Chidambaram and the Chief Ministers, Lt. Governors, Union Home Secretary and top ranking officers of the Centre and State Governments attended.
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