Jaya accuses Centre of encroaching states' domain

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha on Monday said that the Centre has been increasingly taking unilateral steps and creating top-down structures and parallel authorities that encroach upon the constitutional domain of the state government.

The chief minister's speech was read out by the State Municipal Administration Minister K P Munusamy at the 16th meeting of the National Integration Council at New Delhi.

“In the aftermath of the recent unfortunate incidents of communal violence in some parts of India, there has been a call in some quarters to enact the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2011.”

She said: “In my view, the proposed bill will not meet the desired objective of curbing vociferous religiosity or preventing communal and targeted violence.”

“Many provisions of the bill are vaguely worded making it open to wide and subjective interpretations that are liable to be misused.

“I am also disappointed to note that the Centre’s share in the scheme of modernisation, which was 75 per cent has been brought down to 60 per cent. I, therefore, urge that the Government of India come out with a refurbished national plan for the modernisation of the state police forces and substantially step up the allocation of funds to the states.”

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