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Cabinet approves passing of National Investigating Agency

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for the setting up of a National Investigating Agency (NIA).

New Delhi, Dec 16 : The Union Cabinet has given its approval for the setting up of a National Investigating Agency (NIA).

The Cabinet has also approved amendments in the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act of 1967 and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Act.

"The Union Cabinet gave its approval to amend Unlawful Activities Prevention Act of 1967 and for setting up of a NIA. The cabinet also approved a proposal for the amendment of the CISF Act. Bills for these purposes will be introduced in the Parliament," said Onkar Kedia, spokesperson, Ministry of Home (Interior) Affairs.

"More police detectives, modern gadgets and a national investigation agency are among a slew of measures India is taking to prevent militant attacks like the one on Mumbai last month that killed for than 170 people," Kedia added.

The cabinet decision comes in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks after which the government has expressed its determination to put in place a tough legal framework to combat the menace.

Earlier, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram told Parliament that the government would set up the NIA that will probe terror cases at the Central level.

Opposition BJP has been demanding tough anti-terror POTA-like law which Congress and the government had been rejecting.

But ever since the Mumbai attacks, the government has also talked of strengthening the legal framework to combat terror.

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan appealed the Central Government to give its approval to the state to pass stern security laws.

"We had sent a bill (one and a half years ago) at the level of Maharashtra Control for Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) to the Central Government and an approval on it is still pending. It becomes more important in the current situation when the Central Government is thinking of such laws. Our proposal should be endorsed and given immediate approval," said Chauhan.


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