The government has constituted a State Security Commission, with Home Minister P. Sabitha Reddy as its chairperson, to monitor public security and take decisions periodically to rectify the identified system deficiencies.
According to an order issued on Saturday in line with the decision taken by Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy at a meeting on Friday on the matter, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary, Home, Secretary, Law, and a retired judge of the High Court nominated by the government will be the Commission’s members while Director-General of Police will be its convener and secretary.
The Commission will advise the government on broad policy guidelines for better policing, organisational goals to initiate preventive measures, service-oriented functions of the police and on preparation of perspective plans.
The Commission has been set up complying with a Centre's directive to States following a Supreme Court judgment to have such commissions on the lines of the National Security Council (NSC) at national level, said the Home Minister. It would function like the NSC at State level.
The OCTOPUS (Organisation for Counter Terrorism Operations) would undertake field operations while the overall guidance would be provided by the commission.
The Commission is a replacement to AP Public Safety Advisory Committee which was constituted in 2009 with K. V. P. Ramachandra Rao, as chairman, and which is now defunct. Mr. Rao resigned following the death of Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy.
Ms. Sabitha Indra Reddy said a decision had been taken to make it mandatory to install CC cameras at public and vulnerable places not only in Hyderabad but also in cities like Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Tirupati and Warangal.
Installation of these cameras would be made compulsory at the entry and exit points of all big buildings, cinema-houses, malls, large institutions and on roads covering important traffic junctions.
Amendment of laws
Officials of Municipal Administration and Police departments had been asked to draft legislation to amend the existing laws. Licences of establishments which failed to install the cameras, would be cancelled, she added.