Chandigarh: Condemning the Centre’s unilateral determination to provide further powers to the Border Safety Pressure (BSF) inside 50 kms belt alongside the worldwide border, Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi known as the transfer a “direct attack on federalism”.
The Chief Minister urged Union Dwelling Minister Amit Shah to right away roll again this “irrational” determination.
“I strongly condemn the GoI’s unilateral decision to give additional powers to BSF within 50 KM belt running along the international borders, which is a direct attack on the federalism. I urge the Union Home Minister @AmitShah to immediately rollback this irrational decision,” he tweeted.
Echoing comparable sentiments, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa additionally requested the Union Dwelling Minister to withdraw the choice.
Randhawa in a press release stated there aren’t any justifiable causes for unilaterally altering the prevailing preparations by the Authorities of India, besides to weaken the state authorities and the spirit of federalism.
The Congress get together additionally criticized this transfer by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led authorities.
Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari stated the Punjab Chief Minister should oppose the choice.
“MHA Notification enhancing operational mandate of BSF,15 to 50 KM’s in Punjab,West Bengal &Assam transgresses upon Constitutional Public order & Policing remit of States Half of Punjab will now fall under BSF jurisdiction @CHARANJITCHANNI must oppose it,” he tweeted.
Congress chief Sunil Jakhar lashed out on the Punjab Chief Minister over this growth.
“Be careful what you ask for! Has CM Channi unwittingly managed to hand over half of Punjab to central government? 25,000 square kilometre [out of total 50,000 square kilometres] has now been placed under BSF jurisdiction. Punjab Police stands castigated. Do we still want more autonomy to states?” he tweeted.
The Congress chief retweeted a screenshot of an October 5 Fb submit by the Punjab Chief Minister wherein the latter had written, “Further asked Home Minister Amit Shah to seal the international border with Punjab to curb trafficking of drugs and weapons. I hope that the HM will take strict action on these matters immediately.”
Former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh, nevertheless, backed the Central authorities’s determination.
“Our soldiers are being killed in Kashmir. We’re seeing more and more weapons and drugs being pushed by Pak-backed terrorists into Punjab. BSF’s enhanced presence and powers will only make us stronger. Let’s not drag central armed forces into politics,” Singh stated by way of a tweet posted by his media advisor Raveen Thukral.
“Partisan considerations can’t and shouldn’t dictate our stand on issues of national security. I’d said that at the time of the 2016 surgical strikes and am saying it again. We’ve to rise above politics when India’s security is at stake, as it is now,” he added.
The BSF’s jurisdiction earlier was a 15 km belt alongside the border. The BSF personnel have the powers of arrest, search and seizure within the space beneath its jurisdiction on par with their counterparts within the police.
“The amendment effected on October 11, 2021 establishes uniformity in defining the area within which Border Security Force can operate as per its charter of duties and execution of its role and task of border guarding in its areas of deployment,” the Union Dwelling Ministry stated in its discover.
“This will also enable improved operational effectiveness in curbing trans-border crime,” the ministry added.
The realm beneath the BSF jurisdiction in Gujarat has been decreased to a 50 km belt from 80 km.
The realm beneath the BSF jurisdiction has, nevertheless, remained the identical in Rajasthan at 50 km.
No restrict has been prescribed in Nagaland, Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, Jammu and Kashmir, Meghalaya and Ladakh.
Part 139 of the Border Safety Pressure Act, 1968, empowers the Central authorities to inform the drive’s jurisdiction.
It requires that any such order be laid earlier than every Home of the Parliament. The 2 Homes of Parliament can modify or annul these orders.