Delhi HC sought response on the dual control of Assam rifles

Posted on:18 Apr 2019 09:00:04
Delhi HC sought response on the dual control of Assam rifles
18 April 2019 Current Affairs: The Delhi High Court sought the response from the Cabinet Committee on Security on a plea seeking directions to remove the dual control of Assam Rifles and bring it under the Ministry of Defence. 
Assam Rifles are the oldest paramilitary force of India. The administrative control of Assam Rifles lies with the Home Ministry, while the operational control is with the Defence Ministry. The plea filed by the All India Assam Rifles Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association alleges the dual control as the violation of the rights of the troopers of Assam Rifles. 
The plea challenges the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 saying that it places Assam Rifles under the head 'Police', which is arbitrary, unreasonable and violates the rights of Assam Rifles ex-servicemen guaranteed under Article 14 of the Constitution of India. The petition argues since the objective and functions of Assam Rifles were that of military and paramilitary force and its categorisation as a police force was arbitrary, unreasonable and in violation of the rights of its personnel. The petition seeks a grant of pay, allowances, pension (including arrears) and ex-servicemen facilities to Assam Rifles personnel at par with the Indian Army. The Home Ministry stated that a note had been sent to the Cabinet Committee on Security on the issue.

Ministry of Home Affairs:
  • Formed: 1947
  • Headquarters: Raisina Hill, New Delhi
  • Minister responsible: Rajnath Singh
  • It is responsible for the maintenance of internal security and domestic policy
The Delhi High Court sought the response from the Cabinet Committee on Security on a plea seeking directions to remove the dual control of Assam Rifles and bring it under the Ministry of Defence. 
Assam Rifles are the oldest paramilitary force of India. The administrative control of Assam Rifles lies with the Home Ministry, while the operational control is with the Defence Ministry. The plea filed by the All India Assam Rifles Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association alleges the dual control as the violation of the rights of the troopers of Assam Rifles. 
The plea challenges the Government of India (Allocation of Business) Rules, 1961 saying that it places Assam Rifles under the head 'Police', which is arbitrary, unreasonable and violates the rights of Assam Rifles ex-servicemen guaranteed under Article 14 of the Constitution of India. The petition argues since the objective and functions of Assam Rifles were that of military and paramilitary force and its categorisation as a police force was arbitrary, unreasonable and in violation of the rights of its personnel. The petition seeks a grant of pay, allowances, pension (including arrears) and ex-servicemen facilities to Assam Rifles personnel at par with the Indian Army. The Home Ministry stated that a note had been sent to the Cabinet Committee on Security on the issue.

Ministry of Home Affairs:
  • Formed: 1947
  • Headquarters: Raisina Hill, New Delhi
  • Minister responsible: Rajnath Singh
  • It is responsible for the maintenance of internal security and domestic policy

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