28 Dec 2021 Committee constituted to remove AFSPA from Nagaland
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Committee constituted to remove AFSPA from Nagaland- Today Current Affairs
- On December 26, 2021, the central government constituted a high-level committee to look into the withdrawal of AFSPA from Nagaland, after 6 civilians were killed by the army on December 4, 2021.
About the committee: The Hindu Analysis
- This five-member committee will be headed by a secretary level officer.
- Registrar General of India and Census Commissioner Vivek Joshi will be the chairman of this committee.
- Additional Secretary in the Union Home Ministry Piyush Goyal will be the member-secretary of this committee.
- Other members of the committee include Chief Secretary and Director General of Police of Nagaland and DGP of Assam Rifles.
Why has this committee been constituted?
- This committee has been formed because recently 6 civilians were killed by the army in Nagaland.
- After this incident, the demand for abolishing AFSPA is rising loudly.
- It will examine the possibility of withdrawing the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) from Nagaland.
- This committee has been asked to submit its report within 45 days.
What is AFSPA? Today Current Affairs
- AFSPA is an act that empowers the armed forces to arrest without warrant and even shoot under specific circumstances in ‘disturbed areas’.
- The Act gives special powers to the armed forces to maintain public order in “disturbed areas”.
- Once the area is declared ‘disturbed’, it has to maintain the status quo for at least 6 months as per the Disturbed Areas (Special Courts) Act, 1976.
Which states are under AFSPA?
- AFSPA was imposed on the north-eastern states, Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir during the period when some states were under the influence of terrorism.
- Punjab was the first state to repeal this act. It is followed by Tripura and Meghalaya.
- At present, this Act is applicable in parts of Nagaland, Assam, Manipur, Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh. In Assam, three districts and four police stations are covered under this Act.
- The Union Home Ministry had completely removed AFSPA from Meghalaya in March 2018. AFSPA was also removed from several police stations in Arunachal Pradesh during 2018 and 2019.