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Parleys in NE reduced violence, HM says constitution has room for all
Published on 26 Aug. 2010 12:10 AM IST
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Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said the incidents of violence have dramatically come down in the North East and the talks initiated by the government with various groups had contributed to the reduction.
Addressing DGP and IGPs of the states here, Chidamabaram said: “North East had seen remarkable progress and it had been terror-free for the past 21 months. There is no denying that the success achieved in bringing so many groups to the negotiating table has contributed immensely to the decline of violence in the North Eastern States.”
He also expressed the hope that the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) will formally come forward for talks with the Centre and the Assam government, reported ANI.
“I would appeal to the groups - or factions of groups - that have stayed away from talks to give up violence, accept the offer of the Governments to hold talks, enter into agreements of ceasefire or suspension of operations, and begin talks with the Governments’ representatives,” he added
“I am confident that solutions can be found within the Constitution of India to the demands of various groups for recognition of their identity, history, culture and desire for self-government,” he said.
He further said that it is a matter of great satisfaction that a number of groups are engaged in talks with the Government of India. Among them are NSCN (IM), NDFB (PT), DHD (Nunisa), DHD (J), UPDS, ANVC, KLNLF, KNO and UPF. “We have appointed two Interlocutors: R.S. Pandey to talk to the NSCN (IM) and P.C. Haldar to talk to NDFB (PT), DHD (Nunisa), DHD (J), KLNLF, UPDS and ANVC, besides ULFA,” he added.
Expressing his dismay that petty disputes trigger conflicts between communities and groups, Chidambaram said, there is a need to remain vigilant and asked police officials to deal with the situation firmly at the first sign of outbreak communal and caste violence.
He further regrets that Manipur and Assam have been affected by long-duration blockades and shutdown and by intermittent violence.
Queries to police brass
Home Minister P. Chidambaram switched to “tell us” mode Wednesday, posing probing questions to state police chiefs on the issue of modernising their forces. He used the phrase “tell us” at least half a dozen times in his opening address to the 45th annual police chiefs’ meet here.
“You will recall that at the last meeting, I had raised some questions that were considered at that time quite provocative,” said Chidambaram. “On reflection, most people agreed that those questions deserved to be raised and deserved to be answered.”
“Therefore, I hope you will tell us whether you have succeeded in ensuring that every police officer, appointed to a post, has a reasonable tenure in that post,” he asked. “I hope you will also tell us whether your governments have increased, in real terms, the allocation under the head ‘Police’,” said Chidambaram.
Referring to home ministry’s advice to various states to recruit 150,000 police personnel by September 2010, Chidambaram said: “I hope you would be able to tell us how close you are to achieving that goal.”
“We also recommended that states adopt the Transparent Recruitment Process (TRP) and I hope you will tell us whether you have done so,” he said.
“Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) is an important project that will enhance the efficiency of policing in your states. I hope you would tell us the progress you have made and the difficulties, if any, you face,” Chidambaram demanded.
“And finally I hope you would be able to tell us what steps have been taken in your states to enact a new Police Act based on the model bill that was circulated to the states and what steps have been taken to set up the State Police Establishment Board and the Police Complaints Board,” he asked.

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