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Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)

Posted on : 24 Jan 2020

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  • The AFSPA 1958 came into force in the context of increasing violence in the North-eastern States decades ago, which the State governments found difficult to control.
  • AFSPA gives armed forces the power to maintain public order in “disturbed areas”. 
  • AFSPA is in force in Jammu & Kashmir since July 5, 1990.
  • Earlier, before the State of J&K was bifurcated and downgraded it was the MHA or the Governor that was the designated authority for notifying the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act, 1990.
  • Cabinet Secretariat in November 2019 notified rules reasserting the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) as the authority that would decide on the imposition of AFSPA in the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Ladakh.
  • Other areas where AFSPA is operational include entire States of Assam, Nagaland, Manipur (except Imphal Municipal area), three districts namely Tirap, Changlang and Longding of Arunachal Pradesh and the areas falling within the jurisdiction of the eight police stations in the districts of Arunachal Pradesh, bordering the State of Assam.

Article Related Questions

  1. Consider the following statements regarding the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in India
    1.Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) is responsible for the imposition of AFSPA in the Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) and Ladakh after their reorganization.
    2.Presently it is applicable in the entire state of Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland.
    Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  2. 1.1 only

    2.2 only

    3.Both 1 and 2

    4.Neither 1 nor 2

    Right Ans : 1 only

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