In a research paper on Leh-Ladakh presented at the Annual Conference of Directors General of Police in January, it was revealed that India has lost access to 26 out of 65 patrolling points in Eastern Ladakh. The Home Ministry was questioned in this regard in the Parliament, which was removed from the questions to be answered.
New Delhi: The Union Government on March 21 in the Lok Sabha excluded questions related to ‘losing’ patrolling points in Ladakh from the final list of questions to be answered by the Union Home Ministry.
Economic Times has given this information in his report. Quoting an official with knowledge of the matter, the newspaper said that the list of questions submitted to the Home Ministry has been reduced from 35 to 24.
A home ministry spokesperson contacted by the newspaper also did not comment on why questions on the said issue were omitted.
Depending on the subject matter, the MPs lodge their questions with the concerned ministries. The ministry is expected to respond to queries within 15 days from the date of their filing. Some questions—marked as starred—are answered during Question Hour in Parliament, others are answered in writing and copies are distributed to MPs and the media.
The latest development comes in the wake of the government obstructing repeated attempts by parliamentarians to seek information on the India-China border dispute by not allowing questions related to the matter. The opposition is demanding answers from the government on ‘losing’ India’s access to 26 out of 65 patrolling points in eastern Ladakh.
The loss of access to specific locations in Ladakh came to the fore when a research paper authored by the Superintendent of Leh-Ladakh was presented at the annual conference of Directors General of Police in Delhi in the last week of January.
The paper revealed that India is ‘losing’ access to 26 of the 65 patrolling points in eastern Ladakh as a result of restrictive or no patrolling by the Indian Security Forces (ISF).
All the papers presented in the conference were taken from the website after the central government got angry with the report. removed They went. After this, some MPs had also asked questions related to this matter to the Ministry of Home Affairs to know about the reported incident and wanted to know why it was being kept under wraps.
However, efforts to obtain information on this issue critical to national security have been blocked by the government.
Congress MP Manish Tewari has filed at least 57 questions on the issue in Parliament since the Chinese incursion in 2020, with ET reporting that he has sought answers on papers presented at the DGP conference.
Responding to the latest developments, Tiwari tweeted that this would be his 57th or more question on the China issue, which was rejected.
My Question based upon SSP Leh Ladakh @pdnitya paper submitted to DGP/ IGP’s conference that India had lost access to 26 out of 65 Patrolling question has perhaps been disallowed on specious grounds again. This would be 57th question or more disallowed on China.@rahultripathi pic.twitter.com/k2gHUGxyc7
— Manish Tewari (@ManishTewari) Mar 17, 2023
Tiwari had earlier said that the parliamentary secretariat refused to answer an RTI query on how many questions raised by MPs regarding the India-China issue were rejected. However, these were not answered citing parliamentary privilege.
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The above research paper was one of the 15 research papers presented by the police officers on the topic ‘Security issues related to border land without fencing’.
However, the letter was not discussed in the meeting. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah also participated in this meeting.
The letter highlighted how India’s ‘protective’ approach, which prevented district administration and movement of local people in forward areas, turned these into informal ‘buffer’ areas. It added that the lack of patrolling at these points had provided an opportunity to the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) to capture them.
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