States should have a uniform policy on law and order: Home Minister

Source: The post is based on the article “States should have a uniform policy on law and order: Home Minister” published in The Hindu on 27th October 2022

What is the News?

The Union Home Minister addressed the inaugural session of the 2-day Chintan Shivir in Surajkund, Haryana. 

What are the key highlights of the Home Minister’s address and the need for uniform law and order policy?

States should have a uniform law and order policy as certain crimes such as cross-border terrorism and cybercrimes transcend regional and international boundaries.

By 2024, to counter terror activities, each State would have a National Investigation Agency (NIA) office as the NIA had been given “extra territorial jurisdiction” and additional powers to confiscate property in terror-related cases. 

States should utilize the National Intelligence Grid(NATGRID) that is operational now. The NATGRID brings datasets of 11 agencies on a common platform.

Although law and order was a State subject, the Constitution provided that the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) could intervene in matters concerning national security.

Amendments to the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) in 2020 successfully prevented the misuse of foreign funding and effective monitoring became possible. 

After Article 370 of the Constitution ceased to operate in Jammu and Kashmir in 2019, there had been a 34% reduction in terrorist incidents and a 54% reduction in deaths amongst the security forces.

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