PUNJAB UNANIMOUSLY PASSES RESOLUTION AGAINST CENTRE’S BSF ORDER, CALLS IT ‘INSULT’

On Thursday, the Punjab Assembly passed a resolution, against the centre’s notification that extended the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force. The government called it an ‘insult’ to the state’s police forces. It was in October, when the Union Government amended the BSF Act to authorise the force to undertake search operations, seizure and arrest within 50 kilometres of stretch, from the international border in Punjab, West Bengal and Assam. 

 

The assembly unanimously passed the resolution against the notification by rejecting the centre’s order, in the absence of only two BJP MLAs in the house. It was moved by the state’s Deputy CHief Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa. “Punjab police is a unique patriotic force which has contributed immensely in maintaining the unity and integrity of the country. As per the Constitution of India, maintaining law and order is the responsibility of the state government and for this purpose, Government of Punjab is fully competent,” the resolution stated. It also added, “the decision of extending the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) from 15 km to 50 km by the Union Government is an expression of distrust towards the state Police and people of Punjab. This is their insult too”. 

 

The government pointed out that the centre should have consulted with the state before moving with a major decision, stating that the law and order situation in the state is under control and that there is no need for the new extension of forces. “All the political parties of Punjab have unanimously condemned the decision of the Union government and have demanded that the Union Government should withdraw notification dated 11.10.2021 issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India…. Therefore, the Punjab Vidhan Sabha unanimously resolves that a resolution rejecting the notification of the central government in this regard may be passed, ” it said. 

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