Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on Monday apprehended that the Centre was contemplating direct deployment of its forces in states facing long-term law and order problem and termed it as a “matter of concern”.
“It seems the Centre is considering a right to directly deploy security forces in states. Similarly, the Centre is considering direct intervention in states which face long-term problem of law and order,” she said.
This was a “matter of concern”, Mayawati said at the meeting of Chief Ministers on internal security in New Delhi.
Mayawati said the Constitution gave vast rights to the Centre in relation to state governments. “But if the Centre gets rights to deploy security forces directly, it will be able to interfere in state matters without responsibility.”
The Chief Minister’s speech was read in absentia by state Parliamentary Affairs Minister Lalji Verma.
Mayawati said “the Centre should consider a special package for naxal-hit areas for their all round development”.
She also demanded more seats for UP police personnel in central traning agencies to deal with situations like terror attacks. “Specialised training for commandos, bomb squads and intelligence personnel are not available in states and we have to depend on the Central government,” she added.
On the drought-like situation in the state, she said a Rs 7.789-crore package forwarded to the Agriculture Ministry should be approved at the earliest.
Maywati also said the Centre has so far not decided on a Rs 3.866-crore package for development of Bundelkhand region and demanded an early decision.