The seven-year-old proposal to create a federal agency to tackle terror effectively finally saw the light of day with Parliament on Wednesday passing the National Investigation Agency Bill as well as the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment (UAPA) Bill. This move, however, came after the current and previous governments had talked about such an agency on at least seven occassions over as many years.
The Congress-led UPA government had, in fact, set up the second Administrative Reforms Commission under senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily in 2004, which submitted its eighth report in June this year. However, a comparison between the Moily committee report and the NIA and UAPA Bills shows that the government chose to ignore several recommendations of the committee, despite having set it up for this very purpose.
Also See Moily committee report
Recommendations of the Administrative Reforms Commission 8th Report, June 2008 The report was titled ‘Combating Terrorism–Protecting by Righteousness’