Police reforms update

Since the last time I posted an update on police reforms, the only significant progress seems to have been made by the state of Rajasthan. At least that’s what the news snippet says:

The draft Bill is based on the apex Court’s direction to the State Governments to amend the Police Act of the British times to suit public aspirations in a democratic society- Insaf

Rajasthan’s BJP Government, led by Vasundhara Raje, has shown some welcome initiative. It has become the first State Government to draft a comprehensive Bill on Police reforms, as directed by the Supreme Court. Entitled, “A Police Act for 21st Century”, the Bill is likely to be introduced in the current session of the Rajasthan Assembly. Described as “model bill for like-minded States”, the Rajasthan Government has taken pains to discuss its draft Bill in depth with the representatives (Home Ministers or Chief Secretaries) of the States presently ruled by the BJP or it allies of the NDA, that is Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Orissa and Gujarat.

Would try and post about the draft bill soon.

On an ironical note, do check Amit Varma’s post on the Matunga racket.