Tuesday, November 11, 2008

ಮಂಥನ : Brainstorming session

Bangalore: Plagued by a series of attacks on churches across the State, affecting communal harmony within months of coming to power, the Bharatiya Janata Party Government on Monday decided to constitute three-tier communal harmony committees within a month’s time.
Announcing this decision taken at an “interaction and introspection meeting” with the top brass of the Police Department held here, Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa said the members of the committees would suggest steps to maintain communal harmony in their respective jurisdictions.
He said the committees would work at the State, district and taluk levels and would comprise important persons from various sections of society. On the much-criticised transfers of officials in the department, Mr. Yeddyurappa said there would be no more reshuffles.
The Chief Minister also said that the Karnataka Control of Organised Crimes Act (KCOCA) would be implemented in the State, as there was a rise in the number of crimes. The criminals, he said were getting bail easily and to curb the trend, an internal vigilance cell would be formed.
Mr. Yeddyurappa, who chaired the meeting, accompanied by Home Minister V.S. Acharya, Rural Development and Panchayati Raj Minister Shobha Karandlaje, Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao and Director-General and Inspector-General of Police R. Sri Kumar, said the Anti-Terrorist Cell would be strengthened soon.
He said the Anti-Naxal Force, which had 543 men, would get more personnel to tackle the problem effectively. Mr. Yeddyurappa said he wanted the officers to take action in such a way that the image of his Government was not affected. He advised them to be transparent and encourage people, particularly women and village residents to approach them if they had any problems. He also urged people to cooperate with the police while giving information about anti-national and anti-social elements.
The Chief Minister said anti-social elements were misusing police stations to carry out their acts, and told those at the station house level to stop this. He advised them to register all complaints without delay and investigate cases. Law
He said the top officers, who spoke at the meeting, suggested that the State have a law to curb cyber crimes and set up check-posts on the State border to prevent crimes of all kinds. The officers wanted each district to be given a mobile van with the facility to conduct post-mortems, so that the relatives of the dead would not have to wait inordinately on holidays. A request to increase the mobile phone allowance to Rs. 500 from Rs. 250 was also made. There was also a need to increase the number of police stations in the State, he said.

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