The Mayawati government on Friday decided to withdraw a bill passed by the state legislature and a related ordinance to raise a separate force comprising ex service personnel for protection of parks and memorials of Dalit icons and to deploy armed home guards for the purpose.
The decision to withdraw the Special Region Security Force Bill, 2010 and a related ordinance was taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by the Chief Minister Mayawati, an official release said.
The decision was prompted by the absence of women among ex-service personnel who were essential for the security of these memorials and parks as women and children would be among people visiting them, the release said.
Therefore, it (recruitment of ex servicemen) was not found to be a practical proposition and the cabinet withdrew the said order, it said.
The cabinet has now decided to recruit armed home guards comprising women security personnel in the special region security battalion for the purpose, it said.
After passage of the bill in both Houses of the state legislature as well as an ordinance for the same purpose, Mayawati government had taken an administrative decision to raise a battalion of ex-servicemen for providing security to these parks and memorials in Uttar Pradesh.
The release said with the withdrawal of the bill and ordinance there was also no relevance of the proposal for direct recruitment of personnel for the force as also for imparting training which could have taken a very long time.
The recruitment of home guards would not only take lesser time but would also not require any training, the release said.
The Governor B L Joshi's nod to the bill as well as the ordinance is still awaited.