Govt. U-turn on internal security Bill, to seek consensus

Facing criticism that the proposed new internal security legislation could undermine democratic freedoms, the Maharashtra government on Friday decided to withdraw the draft, posted on its official website, and evolve a political consensus before placing it for Cabinet approval. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) K. Bakshi said in a statement, “On the instructions of the Chief Minister, it has been decided to place the draft of the proposed Maharashtra Protection of Internal Security Act before an all-party committee for discussions. Thereafter, the proposed draft will be discussed in the Cabinet.”

Mr. Bakshi, who had defended the draft legislation on Wednesday and clarified that the government does not intend to curb democratic freedom, said, “After discussions, public suggestions and objections will be invited. The final draft will be sent to the Legislature after approval of the Cabinet.” Read More