Bill providing security for dalit monuments passed
The State Special Zone Security Force Bill, 2010, which provides for
the creation of a separate force for the protection of monuments,
parks, memorials and statues to Dalit icons in Lucknow and Noida, was
passed by voiced vote in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly on Thursday.
The Bill was tabled in the House last week.
Speaking on the need to create a special security force, the
Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Lalji Verma said there is a shortage
of personnel in the police and Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) for
protecting the monuments built to Dalit icons. Mr. Verma said the
security around in the Taj Mahal has been handed over to the Central
Industrial Security Force (CISF) and additional force had been
deployed for security purposes in Ayodhya, Mathura and Kashi (
The parliamentary affairs minister said the personnel of the special
security force would be imparted specialised training.
Opposing the Bill, the leader of BJP Legislature Party, Om Prakash
Singh said the creation of the security force was unwanted and it
would have been better if a force had been created for the security of
the Imambaras in Lucknow, the Taj Mahal and for security purposes in
Ayodhya, Mathura and Kashi.
Pramod Tiwari of the Congress said a force was being created for
monuments whose construction had been stayed by the Supreme Court.
Avadesh Prasad of Samajwadi Party alleged that it seems that a force
is being created for political workers with the help of public money.
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