Centre to convene CMs' meet on police reforms

The Union Home Ministry is planning to convene a meeting of chief ministers in the middle of next month to take up long-pending police reforms issues gathering dust despite the Supreme Court reprimanding states for sleeping over its suggestions.

Even Justice Verma Committee, set up to recommend changes in criminal laws post Delhi gang-rape incident, pointed out that police reforms are necessary for ensuring safety of women in the country.

It is learnt that Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde is thinking of having a meeting of the states some time around April 16 to generate consensus on ways to push requisite changes in the laws, as suggested by the apex court in its famous judgment delivered in 2006 in the PIL filed by former Uttar Pradesh DGP Prakash Singh.

Besides, the ministry is also keen to interact with states on other federal issues, as it believes that it has been able to get rid of the most contentious issue of raising National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). Now the proposed NCTC, as per the revised draft likely to be placed before the Cabinet Committee on Security soon, will only be an intelligence-sharing mechanism and will not have the controversial powers of conducting raids and arresting suspects. The idea to form the council was stuck since some of the states had opposed the move to give it powers that was impeding on their federal powers.  

The agenda has not been finalised, said sources. Last month, the ministry had an internal meeting to ascertain reluctance of the states from making police more professional and effective. Even after six years since the Supreme Court order, only 15 out of the 28 states have formulated a revised police act.

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