States Current Affairs - 2019
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Tripura government has decided to withdraw the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1958 from the remaining areas of the state.
Decision in this regard was taken during the state cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Manik Sarkar in Agartala after Police in its latest half-yearly review had found no need to extend the act any further.
Now state government will move to the Union Home Ministry for formal withdrawal of the central Act from state which was in effect for the last 18 years to curb insurgency.
- Union Government had enforced AFSPA in Tripura after the relentless violence and bloodshed in tribal areas of state in February 1997 .
- Since then, it was reviewed and extended in every six months as per the provisions of the Act. The last six-month extension was given in November 2014 and its term ends by the end of May 2015.
- At the time of imposition of Act in the state, there were only 42 police stations and two-third of the entire police station areas were under this Act.
- Presently, the number of police station areas are 74 and out of them 26 police stations are fully and four police stations partly under this Act.
Himachal Pradesh forest department has set up the satellite tracking system to check and find the forest fire incidents during summer season.
The main aim of this tracking system is to protect the precious forest in the state from forest fires. The system is designed in such a way that, occurrence of any fire in the vicinity of forests, will immediately send SMS alerts to forest officials.
Forest department also has constituted 700 participatory committees for people participation. Along with it, more than 90 water tanks have been constructed and 100 watch towers had been erected so that the people could easily detect fire incidents.
Apart from this tracking system, state forest department also has launched awareness campaign throughout the state for protection of forests from fire and involving local people in detecting fire incidents.
Thus this initiative will help to protect the precious forest cover in Himachal Pradesh which is the main wealth and identification of this hill state. It should be noted that in every summer the forest fire is a big challenge before the state forest department and now by using satellite tracking system, continuous vigil will be kept on the forests.