Topic:Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate
5) Discuss the key mandate carried out by Assam rifles. What are the issues and concerns surrounding the dual control of the same? Critically analyse while suggesting solutions to the same.(250 words)
Why this question:
The question aims to examine the mandate of the security force – Assam rifles, the issues surrounding it.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must discuss the significance of Assam rifles as an internal security force, the issues and concerns involved in it and solutions to tackle the same.
Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyse, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgement.
Structure of the answer:
Begin with brief intro on genesis of Assam Rifles.
Discussion should include the following:
Explain the genesis – The Assam Rifles was established in 1835. It is considered as the oldest of all paramilitary forces.
Significance – This force plays a crucial role in North East India, handling counterinsurgency and border security operations. They are also guarding the 1,643 km long Indo-Myanmar border since 2002.
Though it is classified as a Central Armed Police Force, its tactics, training, equipment and operational mandate closely mirror those of the Indian Army. It is headed by an Army officer of the rank of Lieutenant General. It currently reports to the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Discuss the issues involved with respect to dual control and others.
Conclude with way forward.