‘No time limit for AFSPA decision’

Published: 28th February 2013 09:30 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th February 2013 09:30 AM   |  A+A-

The Centre on Wednesday said any decision with regard to the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) will be taken only after considering the ground reality and no time limit can be fixed for sensitive decision.

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Mullappally Ramachandran said the issue of repealing and amending the AFSPA has been under the consideration of the government, and Justice Jeevan Reddy Committee and the Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) have also made certain recommendations on the subject.

“On such security-related issue, all factors, including the ground reality, are taken into consideration before taking a decision and hence no time limit can be specified,” Ramachandran told the Rajya Sabha.

The Jeevan Reddy Commission report tabled in Parliament in 2005 had observed that as soon as the public order is restored or the internal disturbance is quelled, the forces have to be withdrawn to their barracks or to their regular duties, as the case may be.

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