Centre constitutes High Level Committee to assess the situation in Garo Hills
SHILLONG: The Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) has constituted a High Level Committee to assess the ground situation in Garo Hills following the recent direction of the Meghalaya High Court to consider imposing Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in Garo Hills.
Official sources informed that members of the High Level Committee are likely to visit Garo Hills very soon to assess the ground situation in the region.
The committee is likely to be headed by the Home Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, sources said.
"Responding to the direction issued by the High Court, the Centre has formed a High Level Committee to ascertain whether the region is really in need of such an Act," informed the official sources adding that the Committee has also asked a copy of the Court Order in this regard.
It may be mentioned that the Centre has expressed its unwillingness to consider imposing AFSPA in Garo Hills stating that the Act is not the solution to the insurgency problem in the Garo Hills. The constitution of the committee indirectly seems like a negative response to the recent High Court direction which implies that the Centre is in no mood to consider imposing AFSPA in Meghalaya.
The State government on the other hand including local NGOs and citizens of the State has expressed firmness on their stand against AFSPA in Garo Hills. "AFSPA is not the solution, the State can handle the situation with the help of the Centre in terms of enforcement," Meghalaya Home Minister Roshan Warjri recently stated.
Meanwhile, it was learnt that the proposal forwarded by the State government to the Centre seeking additional forces in Garo Hills, is under consideration.
"We have received information that the Centre is considering sending additional forces to the State in view of the deteriorating law and order situation in Garo Hills and we are expecting the forces to be dispatched very soon," official sources informed.