National Security Current Affairs - 2020

Public Safety Act: Former CM of J&K Omar Abdullah released

On March 24, 2020, Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah was released from detention after 7 months. He was booked under Public Safety Act and was kept under detention since August, 2020.

Highlights

When the GoI abrogated Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Government had kept several local leaders of the state under detention.

Public Safety Act, 1978

The act is a preventive detention law. Under the act, any person can be taken into custody in order to prevent them from acting harmful against the security of the state. The act applies only to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. It was introduced by the then Chief Minister Sheikh Abdullah.

The act was passed to stop from smuggling timber. The act is very similar to the National Security Act.

After bifurcation of Jammu Kashmir, the Public Safety Act was one of the very few acts that was retained under Jammu and Kashmir Reorganization Act, 2019.

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March 4: National Security Day

On March 4, 2020, the Rashtriya Suraksha Diwas or National Security Day was celebrated throughout India. The Day is celebrated to honour the work of Indian Security Forces. This includes every security personnel, policemen, para military forces, guards, commandos, army officers, etc.

Highlights

The National Security Day is celebrated to promote and increase security forces. The Day reminds the citizens about their fundamental duties towards the country. Above all, the day pays homage to the security jawans who lost their lives for the country.

The Security Personnel are responsible for different types of security such as political, ecological, economic, computer, infrastructure, energy and natural resources.

Why March 4th?

The National Security Days is being observed on March 4 every year because, the National Security Council was established on the very same day

National Security Council

The Security Council looks into the economic, political and strategic security concerns of India. It was established in 1998 by the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

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