NEW DELHI, July 22 � The Government has no plans to review the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), the Lok Sabha was informed today, reports PTI.
�At present there is no such proposal. If the situation so warrants that areas be declared as disturbed, the same is done. This is examined/assessed periodically,� Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said. He was replying to a question whether the government proposes to review the AFSPA, if so, the details thereof and if not, the reasons thereof.
Rijiju said representations have been received from time to time from different organisations/NGOs from Manipur for withdrawal and also from the state government of Jammu and Kashmir for a phased withdrawal of the AFSPA.
The Minister said for preventing misuse of powers under the AFSPA, guidelines containing �Do�s and Don�t� for the armed forces deployed in counter-insurgency operations have been issued as per the directions of the Supreme Court.