utpalb21 at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 25 12:25:15 EDT 2007
Exactly. That is why the Chapter VI A, which is to be added to the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, will be of utmost importance for the NE. And yes, we have to wait and see how the government responds to the recommendation, as it is already sitting on the recommendation of the Reddy Committee. As we in the media understand, the Armed Forces establishment is strongly opposed to repeal of AFSPA, though the civil society is strongly for it. The reasons for the opposition are obvious.
Chan Mahanta <cmahanta at charter.net> wrote:
Good to hear from you Utpal.
We have heard of these RECOMMENDATIONS, time and again.
But what translates into action or what OTHER Avatar it might re-appear as, are the big questions?
At 3:48 PM +0100 6/25/07, utpal borpujari wrote:
Some good news for NE. The Administrative Reforms Commission, headed by Veerappa Moily, has recommended that the dreaded Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 should be repealed. The gist of its recommendations made public a few hours ago, goes like this : "AFSPA, 1958 should be repealed. To provide for an enabling legislation for deployment of Armed Forces of the Union in the NE States of the country, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 should be amended by inserting a new chapter VI A as recommended by the Committee fo Review the AFSPA, 1958. The new chapter VI A would apply only to the NE States." I think Sanjoy-da (Hazarika) would be able to tell us more about the Chapter VI A. As we all know, he was a member of the Justice Jeevan Reddy Committee (The review committee), which also is understood to have recommended its repeal. That report is not yet public, though. Utpal Borpujari
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