The state government has set up three sub-committees of ministers to study the report by the administration on the Centre-State Relations Commission before it is submitted to the inter-state council led by PM Manmohan Singh.
The three sub-committees will look into different aspects of the Commission’s 282 recommendations before giving a go-ahead to the report prepared by the bureaucrats in the state secretariat. One of the committees, led by industries minister Narayan Rane and including others like home minister RR Patil, co-operation minister Harshawardhan Patil, will look into the recommendations on internal security, criminal justice and state-centre relations. The other two committees include one led by rural development minister Jayant Patil on centre-sate financial relations and the other led by forest minister Patangrao Kadam on local self government and decentralised governance.
Patil had raised a ruckus in the state cabinet meeting on the report prepared by the administration stating that bureaucrats in his department had not referred the issue to him.
“The decision was taken to appoint the committees of ministers as RR Patil pointed out that his opinion as a home minister had not been sought on any of the issues on internal security or criminal justice,” said a senior Congress minister.
In the draft report, Patil’s home department had recommended an overarching federal authority on lines of the US Homeland Security to handle internal security for the country. It also recommended that a panel of interlocutors, including well-known Naxal sympathisers be included to initiate dialogue with Naxalites in troubled areas. Other important recommendations included suo motu deployment of central forces in cases of rioting, and amending Articles 355 and 356 to localise emergency provisions to a district or smaller areas, to enable Governor’s rule in that locality for a limited period.