Topic:Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation. Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention.
4) Are the Indian states proficient enough to make laws on National Security? Remark. Also, deliberate upon the debatable provisions of the Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill that may render the legislation vulnerable to legal challenges. (250 words)
Why this question:
President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the ‘Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organized Crime (GCTOC) Bill’, controversial anti-terror legislation passed in March 2015.
Key demand of the question:
One must deliberate upon the debatable provisions of the Gujarat Control of Terrorism and Organised Crime (GCTOC) Bill and discuss in what way it may lead to legal challenges in the coming future. One has to highlight and analyse if the Indian states are ready to make laws on National security.
Structure of the answer:
In brief narrate the background of the coming of the bill for the presidential assent.
Explain what the bill is about – It is an anti-terrorism law modeled on laws such the Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act.
Discuss the key features of the bill.
Then move to bring out the controversial provisions of the Bill, say for example the feature of interception of oral, wire or electronic conversations and their admissibility as evidence in a court of law.
Explain the challenges and concerns involved.
Conclude with what should be the way ahead.