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Odisha Industrial Security Force Bill Passed, Social Activists raise their concerns

A group of social activists, representatives of political parties, and journalists has urged Governor Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandare not to give his assent to the Odisha Industrial Security Force Bill 2012 alleging that it was passed without proper and adequate debate in the State Assembly. Although the State government said setting up specialised industrial force was aimed at protecting vital installations and deal with security threats to industries, the group pointed out the provisions of the bill were in direct conflict with the fundamental rights of the individual as guaranteed under the Constitution of India. Veteran journalist Rabi Das, who led the delegation to Raj Bhawan said, “Section 10 further stipulates that any member of the force can arrest any person without warrant if he causes hurt or has a suspicion that such person is likely to commit any cognizable offence. The aforesaid section is in contravention of the basic principles of criminal jurisprudence.” “Section 10(1) of the bill says a person can be arrested without warrant. The bill aims at preventing any sort of demonstration against the private company for any reason whatsoever which indirectly infringes the Right to Freedom of holding rallies and demonstration,” he said. Mahendra Parida, a leader of CPI (ML) said, “several democratic movements are going on against forceful displacement and industrial pollution by industrial undertakings in the tribal areas. We fear that this bill will certainly target the people who are raising their voice against wrongdoings by industrial concerns.” The delegates urged the Governor to take note of the concerns raised by them and send back this unconstitutional bill. A group of social activists and representatives of parties mades a representation to the Governor
Don’t give assent to bill on industrial security force, Governor urged;


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This entry was posted on November 11, 2012 by in Social Security and Labour Law and tagged , , .

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