Moves against terror, approves agency
New Delhi December 16:
The Union Cabinet approved amendments to the law to provide for a tough legal measure and the setting up of a National Investigating Agency (NIA) to combat terror.
The Cabinet, which had an unscheduled meeting, gave its approval to the proposal to amend the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 and the setting up of the NIA, an official spokesman said. The Cabinet also approved a proposal for amendment to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Act.
There were no details available on what the CISF amendment was but it comes amid demands that key private sector installations be given security cover by the para-military force, which guards state-owned facilities, installations, and undertakings besides airports. The spokesman said the bills will be introduced in Parliament, which is currently in session.
A demand was made in the cabinet to hold bureaucrats responsible for the lapses in the Mumbai terror strikes. Acting on the demand Prime Minister Manmohan Singh directed Cabinet Secretary to look into the matter. Leading the demand, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar said that it is politicians who have to bear the brunt all the time whenever any such incident takes place, sources said.
Pawar also questioned what should be done to bureaucrats of the government, RAW, IB and others on whom the entire responsibility for security and intelligence was there. A demand was today made in the Union Cabinet meeting for enacting a law for implementation of reservation of Scheduled Castes, prompting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promise action in this regard.
Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan, who raised the matter, said enactment of a law was necessary as the implementation of the government orders in this regard have their failings and are not implemented in many cases, sources said.