✓Recently, the Delhi High Court has directed the Centre to take a decision on the issue of bringing Assam Rifles out of the dual control of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Ministry of Defence (MoD).
✓The administrative control of the Assam Rifles is with the MHA.
✓Its operational control rests with the MoD.
✓This duality of control leads to problems of coordination.
✓The matter involves servicemen/ex-servicemen and others whose interests are paramount as proclaimed from various platforms of the Government
✓Assam Rifles is a Central Paramilitary Force under the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).
✓It came into being in 1835, as a militia called the ‘Cachar Levy’.
✓ To primarily protect British Tea estates and their settlements against tribal raids.
✓In November 2019, MHA proposed to merge it with the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).