Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil is expected to ask Congress-ruled chief ministers to improve the capacity of state police forces to fight terror at the chief minister’s conclave in Nainital this weekend.
Patil’s thrust at the conclave echoes the point Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made at the chief ministers conference on internal security earlier this month. It is also in line with the home minister’s briefing to the Union Cabinet three weeks ago when he had stressed on capacity building in the states to deal with current and future problems.
Patil — who held a review meeting on Monday ahead of the conclave — is likely to draw the attention of the chief ministers to the fact that many states were slow in even filling up vacancies in the state police and overhauling the state intelligence apparatus.
It was to bridge the gap between the requirements of a modern policing and the existing infrastructure that the Central government had drawn up a police modernisation scheme in 2000. Home ministry officials have, however, noted that the utilisation of the funds by the states was “less than satisfactory”.
The Centre also intends to drive home the point to the states that their intelligence agencies should be capable of generating actionable intelligence. “This is something that can be done only if the best people are attracted towards serving these units; granting special allowances for gathering and analysing inputs is one way to improve quality of manpower,” the official said.