The central committee on national security and police welfare set up by the Union home ministry to demonstrate its commitment to the Supreme Court’s police reforms directive held its first meeting on Tuesday.
It is understood to have formally drawn up a panel of names to be considered for selection of the Central Reserve Police Force director-general that has been without a full-time chief since last year. At present Director General of the elite National Security Guards (NSG) JK Dutt is holding additional charge of this force.
Tuesday’s meeting of the committee was attended MK Narayanan, National Security Advisor, BK Chaturvedi Cabinet Secretary, VK Duggal Home Secretary and PC Haldar Intelligence Bureau chief.
The home ministry had hurriedly notified the Committee on National Security and Central Police Personnel Welfare headed by Union home minister a day ahead of the January 3 deadline set up by the Supreme Court for implementation of its directive on police reforms.
Officials had hinted that the ministry intended to demonstrate to the court that it was implementing its directives to the extent possible.
The Supreme Court was far from impressed. The court, however, noted that the committee was "strictly not in accordance with the direction" and set March 31, 2007 for the central government to set up a national security commission with a wider ambit.
The ministry is yet to articulate its mind on this fresh deadline; a meeting with the states on police reforms has been convened for early February. But in view of the notification of the committee, it did not have much of a choice than to put the CRPF D-G’s appointment proposals through the committee.