New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila
Dikshit today came out in support of the proposal to set up
National Counter-Terrorism Centre, saying its formation would
not intrude into the rights of the states.
Terming the opposition to the ambitious proposal by a
number of non-Congress ruled states as "unfortunate", she said
the NCTC was being set up to assist the states to deal with
security related threats.
"It (the opposition to NCTC) is unfortunate in the sense
that it concerns the security of the country. Security is
everybody`s concern. It (setting up of NCTC) is to merely help
security measures, to give them (the states) a helping hand,"
Rejecting criticism that formation of the anti-terror
body would disturb the federal structure, she said the only
aim of setting up of NCTC was to confront various threats
"The Home Minister has said this is to assist the states
to confront various security related threat...It is not a
matter of intruding into anybody`s rights," she said.
The opposition to NCTC has grown louder with at least 13
states, including West Bengal headed by UPA ally Trinamool
Congress, voicing concerns about the formation of the body,
which they claimed will usurp the powers of states and disturb
the federal structure.
As per the proposal, the NCTC would be a single window
organisation that will gather and disseminate intelligence to
central and state security organisations.
Functions of NCTC will include drawing up of plans and
coordinating all actions particularly counter terrorism and
integrating all intelligence pertaining to counter terrorism.
It will coordinate with relevant probe and intelligence
agencies to ensure that the perpetrators of terror are brought
to justice besides maintaining comprehensive data base of
terrorists, their associates and supporters.