JD-U objects to officials’ meeting on NCTC
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 04, 2012, 22:29
New Delhi: The opposition to setting up of anti-terror body NCTC grew shrill on Sunday with JD-U saying that the Centre was bypassing state governments by planning to consult top state officials on the controversial issue.

"Instead of calling a meeting of chief ministers to sort out the differences on the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC), the Centre has called a meeting of state DGPs and Chief Secretaries," JD-U spokesman Shivanand Tiwari said.

"The state governments will have to unite and tell the Centre that according to the Constitution the government is run by elected representatives and not by bureaucrats," he said in a statement.

Union Home Secretary R K Singh has convened a meeting here of Chief Secretaries, DGPs, State Home Secretaries and Chiefs of State Anti-Terror Squads on March 12 to iron out differences and allay apprehensions of State governments over setting up of the NCTC.

"This meeting called by ignoring the state governments is a matter of grave concern," Tiwari said.

This move has sent a clear message that the Centre wants to run the state administration through these officials, the JD-U leader said.

"In a fit of arrogance, the Congress is ignoring the very existence of the state governments. This is a challenge before the state governments," he said.

The Centre's plan to set up the NCTC on March 1 ran into rough weather with 10 chief ministers complaining to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that the anti-terror body would encroach upon their turf and violate the principles of federalism.

Seeking to allay their apprehensions, Singh had told the Chief Ministers that the Centre will consult states to address their concerns regarding functioning of the anti-terror body.

Following this, Home Minister P Chidambaram wrote to the chief ministers that the "next steps" on NCTC would be taken only after the meeting of the top officials of the states.


First Published: Sunday, March 04, 2012, 22:29

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