Himachal opposes setting up of N C T C

May 05, 2012 15:20 | Poltics

Himachal govt today strongly opposed the setting up of national counter terrorism centre (NCTC)  in the country .
 while speaking in the chief ministers conference on N C T C in vigyan bhawan new delhi today himachal chief minister professor prem kumar dhumal said that fedral structure of the country is being weakened in the garb of setting up N C T C and told that state govts were not consulted by the central govt for setting up N C T C in the country while  every years state govts  were assured during internal security meetings   that  all new initiatives will be taken after consultations with the states and added that this separate meeting has been called only when state govts raised hue and cry on this issue .he questioned the motive of the central govt for keeping states  in the dark about important security related issues and told that state chief ministers have no inkling of overall and long term strategy of central govt to tackle terrorism.
He questioned the concept of N C T C being put under the intelligence bureau which is faceless organisation and told that basic character of   Intelligence  Bureo  will be compromised if the N C T C is manned and headed by Intelligence  Bureo  Officers .He questioned the concentrations of  wide powers and discretions to intelligence organisations and feared that it could be misused for political opponents .
chief minister professor prem kumar dhumal said that  central govt approach to entire issue has been very ad hoc and told that centre should devise a long term , well thought out strategy through due consultations and wide spread discussions with state governments  but lamented that centre response to the problem of terrorism is marked with panic reaction  only.
he asked the union govt to amend section 45 of  the unlawful activities (prevention ) act by making it mandatory to seek prior concurrence of the state govt if a person  to  be arrested happens to be situated within a state other than Union Territory.
chief minister professor prem kumar dhumal said that there is urgent need to take states on board, build a political consensus and strengthen and modernize the state apparatus to effectively  meet the challenge of internal security with whole hearted cooperation of the state govts .He said that setting up N C T C by encroaching on the powers and jurisdiction of state govts will only strain the relations between centre and states .
He said that every state govt wants to be active partner in  fighting the forces which wants to destabilize  the country and requested the union govt to revamp the state intelligence agencies under police modernization scheme .He further requested the central govt to play a proactive role in augumenting the capabilities of the state forces with special emphasis on ' counter terrorism" to avoid the repeat of incident like 26/11 in the country.
he said that the terrorist are acquiring new technology and weapons and  requested the union govt to put an effective mechanism to safeguard innocent citizens from terrorist attacks .