Bureaucrats must share blame
for terror mayhem: experts
By Sahil Makkar
Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS) Every time terrorists have struck India,
fingers have been pointed at the security establishment for
failing in its primary task. But are bureaucrats not equally
experts believe that bureaucrats and politicians should be
made accountable for the delays and lapses in the administrative
system that cost the country hundreds of lives.
Singh, former chief of the India's elite investigating agency
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), said it was a travesty
of Indian democracy that important issues were being handled
by people who had no knowledge of them.
are caught in red tapism. The bureaucrats are given power
just to say no," Singh told IANS.
bureaucrats make decisions only after some terror attack.
They sanctioned the posts of 17,000 policemen to Delhi Police
only after the September serial blasts in the capital while
the proposal had been pending with the home ministry for over
which had been lying vacant in the Intelligence Bureau (IB)
for years were sanctioned only after the Delhi blasts. Similarly,
a proposal to strengthen the sea ring only saw light after
the Mumbai terror strikes," he said.
senior Delhi Police official admitted that the proposal to
increase the force's strength had been pending approval from
the home and finance ministries for the past decade. But the
clearance came after the Sep 13 blasts.
had asked for 17,000 policemen, but they gave only 7,000 and
again made a promise for the remaining 10,000 in the near
future. How do you expect intelligence gathering with just
a handful of staff?" the official asked.
year India has seen major terror attacks from the Jaipur serial
blasts in May to the Bangalore and Ahmedabad blasts in July
to the Delhi blasts in September and finally, the Mumbai terror
attack in November. Over 400 people have been killed and at
least 1,000 injured in these strikes.
always, the blame has been shifted to intelligence gathering.
But experts say bureaucrats are as much at fault.
instance, the Maharashtra government did not react to the
coastal security scheme prepared by former additional director-general
of police V.N. Deshmukh for nearly three years.
who served in the IB and retired as commissioner (intelligence),
in his report suggested the setting up of 52 police stations
along the coast of Maharashtra and the purchase of speedboats
for patrolling, interceptors and sophisticated arms like Kalashnikovs.
state government took a prompt decision only after the Mumbai
terror strikes that saw a 60-hour bloodbath, claiming over
180 lives. The central government gave its nod to the purchase
of aircraft for the National Security Guard (NSG) only after
it came under heavy criticism due to delay in operations.
sit over projects and proposals to strengthen the police forces
and the intelligence mechanism for years without reason. They
are not aware of the real problems and ground realities. They
make decisions on their own," Prakash Singh, the former
director general of Uttar Pradesh police and Border Security
Force, told IANS.
have become insensitive to these attacks and live in their
own world. A majority of them are callous and inefficient.
They think they are supermen, elite and have super powers,"
Prakash Singh added.
said the entire system is responsible for letting the attacks
and bureaucrats' accountability should be fixed. It can only
be done by public and media pressure as both these work hand
in gloves," he said.
General (retd) V.K. Singh, who retired from the Research and
Analysis Wing (RAW) - India's foreign intelligence agency
- said bureaucrats should be held responsible for not providing
the required infrastructure to the security establishment.
the main culprits are the Intelligence Bureau and RAW which
have time and again failed in their prime job of intelligence
gathering. These are the only agencies that have no dearth
of money and have the best available equipment in the world,"
said V.K. Singh.
when our defence forces are accountable to the parliamentary
committee, both the IB and RAW are outside its purview as
well as that of the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG)."
day they (IB and RAW) are made accountable to parliament for
their actions and the money spent, we will see more discipline
among the officials and perhaps would be able to crack down
on terrorists before time. At present, no one is sacked for
indiscipline and failure in their duty," he added.
Singh said along with the home minister some bureaucrats should
also be made accountable and they must go.