Admin. Reforms Com. calls for code of coduct among political parti

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New Delhi, Mar 17 (UNI) The Second Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) has stressed the need for political parties to evolve a code of conduct on forms of dissent permissible in a democratic setup and avoiding use of prime agricultural lands for setting up SEZs while limiting their number.

The ARC, in its seventh report whch was submitted to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here today, has also called for enhanced punishment for communal offences and setting up of special courts for expeditious trial of cases related to communal violence.

The Committee also called upon the centre to be more pro-active and decisive in case of inter-state river disputes, set up River Basin Organisations for each inter-state river by enacting a legislation to replace the River Boards Act, 1956, and enact a National Water Law.

Speaking to reporters here, Commission Chairman Veerappa Moily said the government of India is ''very keen'' to implement the six reports submitted earlier. While progress had been reported on the implementation of three reports, the other three would be cleared for implementation within a week.

Outlining the salient features of the 234-page report 'Capacity Building for Conflict Resolution : Friction to Fusion', focussing on tackling Left Wing extremism, Mr Moily said the Committee recommended that negotiations with extremist outfits should be made an important mode of conflict resolution.

It also stressed the need to enhance the capacity of security forces, special efforts to monitor the implementation of constitutional and statutory safeguards, development schemes and land reforms initiatives, development of infrastructure projects and breaking off of the nexus between extremists and contractors.

The eighth reports on Terrorism would be released in the first week of April, the 9th report by April end and the 10th Report in May.

All these reorts had been prepared and compiled after extensive discussions with Chief Ministers and officials and the general public in various states.


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