Saturday, August 15, 2009

Chief Ministers to discuss coastal security, naxal issue

Vinay Kumar



NEW DELHI: The meeting of Chief Ministers on Internal Security, to be presided over by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on Monday, will address four core issues — follow up on decisions taken during the January 6 meeting, coastal security and border management, modernisation of police forces and naxal management.

A priority item on the agenda of the daylong meeting of the Chief Ministers will be a proposal for the creation of a State Industrial Security Force, on the pattern of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), a paramilitary force which guards vital installations and provides security at all airports.

Review of follow-up action will involve progress on creation of Quick Response Teams and Special Intervention Units at the police station level, strengthening of State special branches and creation of separate intelligence cadre.

The meeting will also review the progress on setting up special cells in State police wings, comprising intelligence, investigation, operation and prosecution on the lines of the Anti-Terrorism Squad, for tackling the menace of fake currency notes.

The meeting will also review filling up vacancies in the State police force, creation of additional posts to ensure adequate manpower in rural police states and establishment of new police stations, sources in the government told The Hindu on Thursday.

Guidelines


The Centre is also said to be keen on State governments strictly following the elaborate guidelines on the security of places of worship, historical monuments, iconic installations, malls, multiplexes, hotels and other places with heavy footfalls. The guidelines have been circulated to the State governments and the Centre is likely to stress laying down timelines for implementing the same and preparation of model laws.

Another key area of core policing is the implementation of the scheme of community policing and statutory provisions in State Police Acts to facilitate it, the sources said.

The meeting will review the anti-naxal strategy by State police forces and conduct joint inter-State operations.

Seven Chief Ministers of naxalite-affected States will have a separate meeting with the Prime Minister, and Home Minister P. Chidambaram later in the day.

The conference will also review the information collection system and its proper sharing.

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