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Congress, TMC oppose extension of BSF space in Punjab, WB, Assam

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Congress, TMC oppose extension of BSF area in Punjab, WB, Assam

The Union Ministry of Home & Affairs has amended its July 3, 2014 notification to increase the jurisdiction of Border Security Forces (BSF) from current 15 km to 50 km contained in the worldwide border in Assam, West Bengal and Punjab which share borders with Bangladesh and Pakistan respectively.  
The BSF was raised in December 1965 as a specialised pressure to protect India’s worldwide border.
The resolution was taken within the wake of an rising variety of circumstances of cattle and drug smuggling and Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) racket alongside the worldwide borders. Drug and arms smuggling has emerged as a brand new problem in Punjab whereas Assam and West Bengal are the hotbeds of cattle smuggling, FICN, and unlawful Bangladeshi and Rohingya migration.
The ministry, empowered beneath Section 139 of the Border Security Force Act 1968 to revise operational areas of BSF, has stated that it’ll enhance the operational effectivity of the BSF to crack down on smuggling rackets.
As per the gazette notification issued on Monday, BSF will now have the ability to hold search, seizure and arrest inside 50 km from the borders in these states beneath Acts specifically Criminal Procedure Code, Passport Act, NDPS Act and Customs Act. BSF has been given comparable energy of search and arrest in different North-Eastern states specifically Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur, Nagaland and Meghalaya moreover UTs of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
On the opposite hand, the jurisdiction of BSF in Gujarat has been lowered from 80 km to 50 km and no change has been made in Rajasthan the place BSF continues to protect 50 km radius space.
The primary concept was to deliver uniformity within the space of operation in states sharing worldwide borders. The huge swathe of Gujarat sharing the worldwide border is the Rann of Kutch, which is uninhabited, therefore such a big operational space is just not required.
But as normal, Punjab and West Bengal dominated by the Congress and Trinamool Congress (TMC) have began protesting the choice as an assault on federalism and interference via Central companies.
“I strongly condemn the GoI’s unilateral decision to give additional powers to BSF within the 50 km belt running along the international borders, which is a direct attack on federalism. I urge the Union Home Minister to immediately roll back this irrational decision,” Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi tweeted.
I strongly condemn the GoI’s unilateral resolution to provide extra powers to BSF inside 50 KM belt working alongside the worldwide borders, which is a direct assault on the federalism. I urge the Union Home Minister @AmitShah to instantly rollback this irrational resolution.— Charanjit S Channi (@CHARANJITCHANNI) October 13, 2021
Congress MP Manish Tewari questioned that by this resolution “half of Punjab will now fall under BSF jurisdiction”. Punjab Home Minister Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa stated that an inside emergency has been imposed and the patriotism of Punjabis is doubted.
Former Punjab Chief Minister Caption Amarinder Singh rebuffs Punjab CM and Congress
But former Punjab Chief Minister Caption Amarinder Singh rubbished these allegations and requested the chief minister and the Congress social gathering to not drag central forces into politics.
He stated that the improved energy and presence of BSF will save Punjab and make the state stronger. Our troopers are being killed in Kashmir. We are seeing increasingly more weapons and medicines being pushed by Pak-backed terrorists into Punjab. Let’s not drag central armed forces into politics,” he stated   
Captain Amarinder Singh’s media advisor Raveen Thukral posted two tweets again to again on his behalf making it clear that the he stands with safety forces.
‘Our soldiers are being killed in Kashmir. We’re seeing extra & extra weapons & medicine being pushed by Pak-backed terrorists into Punjab. BSF’s enhanced presence & powers will solely make us stronger. Let’s not drag central armed forces into politics’: capt_amarinder 1/2(File pic) pic.twitter.com/nu4DhAQnAz— Raveen Thukral (@RT_Media_Capt) October 13, 2021
He additional stated, “Partisan considerations can’t & shouldn’t dictate our stand on issues of national security. I’d said that at the time of the 2016 surgical strikes & am saying it again. We’ve to rise above politics when India’s security is at stake, as it is now.”
‘Partisan considerations can’t & shouldn’t dictate our stand on problems with nationwide safety. I’d stated that on the time of the 2016 surgical strikes & am saying it once more. We’ve to rise above politics when India’s safety is at stake, as it’s now’: @capt_amarinder(File pic) 2/2 pic.twitter.com/TAvZi4pqtT— Raveen Thukral (@RT_Media_Capt) October 13, 2021
West Bengal Transport Minister Firhad Hakim accused the federal construction of the nation has been violated by extending the operational space of BSF. He stated that legislation and order is a state topic which the Central authorities is making an attempt to intervene with via central companies. 
However, there are apparent causes because the Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her social gathering have been opposing the Indian Army, BSF, CRPF and another central safety companies. In December 2016 she had staged 33 hours lengthy political drama on a traditional safety train of the Indian Army. Besides, her authorities has been accused of defending unlawful immigration, cattle smuggling and likes.