It took two months and a bomb blast that killed 15 people for the state-appointed all-party legislators’ panel to start discussing the Ram Pradhan Committee report.
The committee was appointed on December 30, 2008 after the Opposition demanded to know who faltered in handling the 26/11 terror attacks.
In its first meeting on Tuesday, the panel decided the course of action before it can recommend steps to avoid terror attacks.
The meeting started with an argument between the government and the Opposition over the delay. The panel will hold another three to four meetings to discuss the action to be taken report, intelligence gathering, standard operating procedures and the modernisation of the police force.
The 16-member panel was appointed in December last year because the government did not want the entire legislature to discuss the report that dealt with the police and administration’s role during the 26/11 attacks.
Chief Minister (CM) Ashok Chavan, his deputy Chhagan Bhujbal and Home Minister R.R. Patil did not reveal what transpired in the meeting.
But the Opposition was vocal.
“The government is not serious about implementing the Pradhan committee’s recommendations. Otherwise, it would not have taken two months for convene the first meeting,” said Bharatiya Janata Party legislator and panel member, Devendra Fadnavis. “…the government acts only when terror attacks happen.”
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena group leader, Bala Nandgaonkar, wondered why the meeting was not held earlier. “It’s been two months now and we’re still discussing what to discuss.”
Congress legislator, Muzaffar Hussain, dismissed the Opposition’s statements. “What else they will do? We want them to set aside political differences and contribute to this effort.”