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Bihar Police Bill

  Apr 03, 2021

Bihar Police Bill

Why is it in News?

What is Aim of the Bill?

It “aims to develop the Bihar Military Police into a well-trained and fully equipped armed police force with multi-domain expertise to cater to the development needs and the larger interest of the state.

What are some Key Provisions of the Bill? 

  1. Renames the Bihar Military Police as the Bihar Special Armed Police, and gives the force more teeth, on the lines of the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), so it can better secure the commercial and industrial assets of the state.
  2. The mandate of the force will be the “maintenance of public order, combating extremism, ensuring the better protection and security of specified establishments in such manner as may be notified and perform such other duties, as may be notified.”
  3. Empowers Special Armed Police officers to carry out searches and arrests without warrant.
  4. Courts can take cognizance of certain offences by the officers only after government sanction.

What is its need? 

Over the past decade, the state’s dependence on Central forces has grown, and an organised armed police force of its own will save government expenses and create more jobs for locals.

What are the Issues and concerns associated?