Yet another Police Bill by Dec

GOANEWS DESK, PANAJI | 09 April 2013 16:18 IST

After two police bills have lapsed in last 16 years, Goa government plans to introduce yet another police bill, now by December this year.

The Police Bill 2008, referred to select committee in 2011, could never come up before the last Assembly.

“It has lapsed now. We will introduce a new bill”, said chief minister Manohar Parrikar.

Opposition leader Pratapsing Rane recalled that a police bill, introduced during his tenure in 1997, had also met a similar fate as the President of India had held it back.

The earlier police bill introduced by Rane was caught up in a controversy as it had introduced partial privatization of police force, by introducing concepts of auxiliary police and honorary police.

“We will incorporate good features of both these bills in the new bill”, assured Parrikar.

Rane recalled that his bill was drafted after studying and incorporating good features of the police functioning in Japan and Singapore.

Parrikar, who was also the member of the select committee of 2008 bill, assured Congress MLA Mauvin Godinho that the new bill would be drafted by incorporating good features of the bill.

He plans to place the draft before the public for suggestions and objections, before finalizing the draft bill and placing it on the floor of the House.

To cite some features, Parrikar said the new bill would provide for only detaining political activists for two hours rather than imposing criminal sections on them.

Similarly, he said, features dealing with stray cattle, beggars, night loiterers and even registration of people living in rented houses would be incorporated in the new police bill.

“Let NGOs and other people study the draft and make suggestions, keeping in mind that it is a draft and not the final bill”, he appealed to the people. is now on Telegram & also Youtube. Kindly subscribe for free & remain updated.

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