Top bureaucrats meet Modi

Top bureaucrats meet Modi

Top bureaucrats meet Modi

Five senior bureaucrats on Monday called on prime-minister-to-be Narendra Modi in the capital and briefed him on general issues related to the government.

The senior bureaucrats who met Modi at Gujarat Bhawan included Home Secretary Anil Goswami, Defence Secretary R K Mathur and Finance Secretary Rajeev Takru. 

The officials are believed to have given Modi the general outline of their ministries and priorities. The meetings were described as “courtesy calls”.

Sources said Goswami briefed Modi about the security situation, including that in Jammu and Kashmir, the North-east and Maoist-affected areas.

Another issue that is believed to have come during the briefing is the process of division of Andhra Pradesh. The two states—Telangana and the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh—will come into existence on June 2.

There is speculation that Modi may streamline the activities of the home ministry. A new ministry for internal security may be set up by bifurcating the Ministry.

Experts like former BSF director general Prakash Singh support the move, saying, “We do not have a superman who can perform the duty of home minister.”

The major issues before the new government on the internal security front will be the Maoist menace, terrorism, Kashmir and the North-east problem. Experts expect a “strong and new approach” on such issues. 

“There is no clarity on these issues now. What we need is a new approach and strategic plan,” Singh, whose petition in SC resulted in a directive to the government on pursuing police reforms, told Deccan Herald.

Singh also said there is a need to look at the composition of paramilitary forces. In its manifesto, the BJP had said it would revive anti-terror mechanism “dismantled” by the Congress, strengthen the role of the NIA and put a system in place for swift and fair trial in terror-related cases.