GUWAHATI: The Assam Rifles, a Central paramilitary under the dual control of the Defence and Home Ministries, likely to come under the exclusive control of the Home ministry like any other paramilitary forces.
The Delhi high court recently granted 12 weeks’ time to the Centre to take the decision to the effect by holding meetings between the stakeholders
A writ petition was filed by the Assam Rifles Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association (All India) before the high court highlighting questions that Assam Rifles, being a Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) or paramilitary of the Centre, being under the dual control of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), unlike other CAPFs which are under the control of MHA only
“Considering the nature of the controversy, instead of directing counter affidavit to be filed, the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) (Sanjay Jain) appearing for the respondents in the matter was requested to have the matter resolved and from time to time orders have been passed and on a look thereat, it appears that in-principle decision has already been taken that Assam Rifles, like other CAPFs, to fall under the exclusive control of MHA,” the Court noted in its recent order.
However, the final decision was not yet taken.
Though the ASG sought for further six months’ time to take a final decision owing to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the court noted, “We find the matter to be pending for the last nearly three years. The matter involves servicemen/ex-servicemen and whose interest is not only to be paramount, but is proclaimed from various platforms of the Government, to be paramount. When a decision of such paramountcy is required to be taken, there should be no such delay therein.”