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PM for ‘non-lethal ways’ in J&K
New Delhi, Aug 26 (IANS):
Published on 26 Aug. 2010 11:39 PM IST
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Calling for “non-lethal ways to manage protests” in Kashmir, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday asked the home minister to establish a “high-power task force” to devise ways of controlling crowds. He also reached out to Maoists, renewing his offer for talks on the condition they abjure violence.
Addressing the 45th annual meet of the chiefs of state police and central security agencies, the prime minister said the situation in Kashmir was a “cause of serious concern” and called for devising “non-lethal ways to manage protests”.
“Despite the curtailment of militant activities in Jammu and Kashmir, the public order dimension in the state has become a cause for serious concern,” he said, referring to stone pelting in the valley.
“We need to revisit standard operating procedures and crowd control measures to deal with public agitations with non-lethal, yet effective and more focused measures,” said Manmohan Singh. “We also cannot have an approach of one size fits all.”
Referring to various crowd control methods abroad, varying as per the situation, Manmohan Singh asked the home minister to form a panel to devise better ways for controlling crowds.
“I understand that instead of a single standard sequence for the use of force, other countries have put in place procedures that vary according to the specific needs in different situations.”
Manmohan Singh also reiterated his Independence Day offer of talks to Maoists.PM asks police chiefs’ annual meet to reinvent itself. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday said the annual conference of police chiefs must “reinvent” itself, setting some “quantifiable goals every year” and reviewing achievements the following year.
“This conference has been a time-tested mechanism for enhanced coordination but given the changing circumstances, the time perhaps has come for it to reinvent itself,” the prime minister said at the meeting of the chiefs of state police and central security agencies.
“Perhaps this year onwards you could set for yourself some quantifiable goals to be achieved in the coming year. The actual achievement against these goals could be reviewed in the subsequent conference,” Manmohan Singh told the meeting, the 45th since independence.
IB Director Rajiv Mathur told IANS that the conference was first organised in 1920 and has since been held regularly in New Delhi.
In the post-Independence period, the first conference was organised in 1950 and was inaugurated by first union home minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, he said. “It was earlier a biannual meeting, but since 1972 became an annual event.”
“The meet is held with an objective to provide an interactive platform for senior police professional and security administrators in the country to freely discuss and debate diverse national security-related issues and devise ways to tackle them,” he said.

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