"It’s a welcome step which was desired for long," Kumar said. (Agencies)
“Consultation at executive level conducted by the Union Home Secretary with states is not sufficient. There should be political dialogue with the states before finalising the legislation if the Congress-led UPA is serious on the issue and not bringing it for discussion on the eve of the 2014 elections to derive political benefits," he added.
The Bihar Chief Minister said there were talks for such a legislation for several years and many drafts were made but nothing concrete happened.
"Now that the Prevention of Communal and Targeted Violence (Access to Justice and Reparations) Bill, 2013, has been cleared by the Union Cabinet for introduction in the Parliament, it’s a desired step," he said.
Kumar said the Janata Dal (United) thinks if some state fails to stop communal violence, the Centre should declare it as a ‘disturbed area’ and intervene directly. Besides, the victims should be given adequate compensation.
"It’s a welcome step which was desired for long," Kumar said.