To check cheating across international borders and multilevel markets

Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has called for Central legislation to tackle cheating across international borders and multilevel markets.

Addressing a conference of Chief Ministers and Home Ministers of States on internal security, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Monday, the Chief Minister said that economic offences required concerted action at the national level.

Mr. Chandy suggested that protocols be developed for fast and efficient investigation in at least those countries where a sizeable population of the State's residents had migrated to. This would help in the investigation of both economic offences as well as internal security cases.

“In Kerala, we have been subject to various deposit-related cases of cheating and financial frauds, including money circulation schemes and scams in cyberspace. We are in the process of drafting a new legislation to tackle them. However, the extremely complex nature of these offences, coupled with its international and inter-State linkages, makes investigation of these cases extremely difficult. There must necessarily be effective inter-State cooperation and experience-sharing in dealing with these issues.” the Chief Minister said in his address, a copy of which was released to the media here.

Mr. Chandy announced that Kerala proposed to increase the strength of its police force by five per cent every year to achieve a police-population ratio of 1:500. The government was introducing new and more objective criteria for evaluating police performance.

“This would make the Kerala Police the first organisation to rely on evaluation mechanisms other than conventional crime records and statistics.”

He noted that in 2011 also there was no loss to life due to terrorist activities in Kerala.

“We have strived to constantly improve and update our skills in fighting the forces that challenge our internal security. This is being done through concerted socio-political action, effective intelligence, coupled with impartial and fair investigation.”

Call for joint effort

Observing that the threats to the country's internal security were yet to be conquered fully, the Chief Minister said it was absolutely necessary for the States and the Centre to work jointly to share information and to coordinate action against all forms of terror and other threats to internal security.

He said that higher budgetary support for modernising the police force was necessary for effective policing.

“Kerala has always been in the forefront of effective utilisation of Central funds in this regard. However, the present system does not effectively reward better performing States and must be reconsidered. There must also be an enhancement in the scope of the scheme, besides the quantum, so as to better embody the philosophy of modernisation. Modernisation must also include a substantial training component.”

He urged that the Union government accept the long-standing demand to set up more India Reserve Battalions in Kerala.

Referring to the Mullaperiyar issue, Mr. Chandy said that his government was committed to solving the problem peacefully and effectively by ensuring the same quantity of water to the people of Tamil Nadu without endangering the safety of the people of Kerala.