Monday, April 12, 2010

MHA will be sole authority to speak on Maoist issues

Posted: Monday , Apr 12, 2010 at 1544 hrs

In a bid to put an end to conflicting views from within on sensitive internal security issues, government has decided that only the Home Ministry will henceforth speak on the issue.

Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrashekhar has written to all Ministers and Secretaries on Saturday and made it clear that only the Home Ministry would only speak on internal security issues as it is the nodal ministry.

The move comes in the wake of views expressed by Service Chiefs on the use of defence forces in the anti-naxal operations and some ministers airing their views in public on related issues.

A day after the Dantewada Naxal strike, Home Minister P Chidambaram spoke of possible involvement of air power in the anti-Naxal operations while Air Chief Marshal P V Naik said on the same day that he was not in favour of such an idea.

Similarly, Army Chief General V K Singh has said that there were "internal deficiencies" in the way the CRPF carried out the Dantewada operation and the battalion involved was not trained by the army.

While Chidambaram refuted these remarks in a veiled manner, the Home Ministry came out with a statement highlighting the training imparted to the CRPF personnel involved in the Dantewada operation.

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