By virtue of his position, Shah will head the Modi government every time the Prime Minister travel outside the country
New Delhi: As Amit Shah takes charge of the home ministry, he inevitably becomes the second most important person in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.
By virtue of his position, Shah will head the Modi government every time the Prime Minister travel outside the country. In other words, Shah will have all powers of the Prime Minister in the absence of Modi.
Not only this, but Shah will also head all seven paramilitary forces which include CISF, BSF, CRPF, ITBP, SSB etc, which are responsible for internal security.
Even the National Investigation Agency (NIA) will report to the home ministry. Shah will also be a part of the cabinet committee on security (CCS), which deals with all security related issues and also will be a member of the appointments committee of the cabinet (ACC)
ACC is chaired by the Prime Minister and is responsible for deciding appointments of top government officers like Cabinet Secretary, Home Secretary, etc.
India's internal intelligence wing: Intelligence Bureau and Immigration Bureau will also report to the home ministry.
Ministry of the home affair is also the cadre authority of Indian Police services (IPS) and all transfer postings of IPS, IAS officers in the Central government is through the ministry. Shah will have a say in all top government postings.
Shah's ministry also coordinates with all Director General of Police (DGP) of all states and also direct them in some matter.
It is expected that in coming days the government will take some firm action to deal with terror in Jammu and Kashmir.
Shah is likely to meet all officers on Monday, which includes director general of paramilitary forces and other top officials of the home ministry.
Terrorism in the Valley and naxalism pose as major hindrances to peace and order in the country. In the last 5 years, no attack has been taken place in metropolitan cities but terrorist has targeted defence establishment again and again.
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Last Updated Jan 25, 2021, 1:22 PM IST