New Delhi: Holding the Union Government policies responsible for communal violence in the country, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said that certain provisions in the proposed Communal Violence Bill would fail to check this menace.

On behalf of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Bihar Irrigation Minister Vijay Chaudhary read the speech during the meeting of National Integration Council here at Vigyan Bhawan on Saturday.

Nitish stated that “The higher representation of minorities in the police is needed to alleviate the community’s sense of insecurity.”

Highlighting the ongoing Mukhyamantri Alpsankhyak Vidyarthi Protsahan Yojna in the state, Nitish said his government is providing equal opportunities to minorities for their overall development.

He, however, opposed the provision for promulgation of Article 355 during “internal disturbance” saying “such provision is not at all desirable. It amounts to unnecessary interference in the states’ domain.”

Such provisions can create an impression among the people that majority community is always responsible for the communal incidents, added the CM.

Questioning the Centre’s intent that states’ falter in taking administrative decisions, Bihar CM said that the Centre too had to face Supreme Court’s criticism over the appointment of Chief Vigilance Commissioner.

He stressed upon convening the NIC meeting every year so that communication gap between the Centre and the states can be bridged over the vital issues.

JPN/Bureau