Shimla/ May 5
Himachal Pradesh Government has opposed the setting up of National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) in the country.
While speaking in the meeting of Chief Ministers on NCTC in Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi today, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal said that federal structure of the country is being weakened in the garb of setting up of NCTC and told that State Governments were not consulted by the Central Government for setting up of NCTC in the country while every year State Governments were assured during internal security meetings that all new initiatives would be taken after consultations with the States and added that this separate meeting has been called only when State Governments raised hue and cry on this issue.
He questioned the motive of the Central Government for keeping States in the dark about important security related issues and said that State Chief Ministers have no inkling of overall and long term strategy of Central Government to tackle terrorism.
He questioned the concept of NCTC being put under the Intelligence Bureau which is faceless organization and told that basic character of Intelligence Bureau would be compromised if the NCTC is manned and headed by Intelligence Bureau Officers. He questioned the concentrations of wide powers and discretions to intelligence organizations and feared that it could be misused to harass political opponents.
Chief Minister said that Central Government approach in this regard had been very adhoc 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’s response to the problem of terrorism is marked with panic reaction only.
Prof. Dhumal said that there was an urgent need to take states in confidence, build a political consensus and strengthen and modernise the State apparatus to effectively meet the challenge of internal security with whole hearted cooperation of the State Governments. He said that setting up NCTC by encroaching on the powers and jurisdiction of State Governments would only strain the relations between Centre and States.
He said that every State Government wants to actively fight the forces which want to destabilize the country and requested the Union Government to revamp the State Intelligence Agencies under police modernization scheme. He further requested the Central Government to play a pro-active role in augmenting the capabilities of the State forces with special emphasis on ‘counter terrorism’ to avoid the repeat of incident like 26/11 in the
Chief Minister said that the terrorist were adopting new technologies and acquiring modernised weapons and requested the Union Government to put an effective mechanism to prevent terrorist attacks.