‘Assam rejected move to shrink area under AFSPA’

According to a parliamentary standing committee report tabled in Parliament last month, the Centre wanted to reduce the areas under the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA) in Assam but the State government did not concur. Over the past two years, the Union Home Ministry has proposed reducing the areas under AFSPA in the northeast, only to face stiff resistance from the Army and the Defence Ministry.

The parliamentary panel report said there was some difference of opinion between the Government of India and the State government with regard to the areas to be declared “disturbed areas.” “The Committee is unable to comprehend the divergent perceptions of the situation in Assam. On the one hand, the Ministry has asserted that there has been an improvement in the security situation in Assam and on the other hand, the area declared as disturbed area under the AFSPA has been increased on the plea that it is not the appropriate time to reduce the area.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/assam-rejected-move-to-shrink-area-under-afspa/article24699681.ece

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