The Ram Pradhan panel report has pointed to serious mistakes by the Maharashtra government that have impacted both purchase of ammunition for the police force and handling of intelligence inputs.
It states that in 2000, the then deputy CM (Chhagan Bhujbal of the NCP, who is not named in the report) passed a directive that eventually became a roadblock for buying ammunition.
“The order issued in May 2000 that all purchases above Rs 25 lakh should be made with the permission of the Home Minister has led to problems. The government should increase the limit and hand over the work to a committee of senior officers,” it says. Bhujbal was also home minister at the time.
The report has also criticised senior state secretariat officials and highlighted confusion at the government level over handling of intelligence.
“If, because of the current system, the seniormost officials in Mantralaya do not get intelligence inputs, it is shocking. This functioning is not proper. Officers like the additional chief secretary (home) or the principal secretary (law and order), who is normally an IPS officer, should go beyond merely handling paperwork.”
Sources said this is a remark directed at former additional chief secretary (home) Chitkala Zutshi. The report makes it clear that co-ordination of the state police force is technically under supervision of the ACS (home), and that such officials are supposed to keep track of security systems and the everyday needs of the police.