Punjab Cabinet rejects proposal to set up NCTC

Punjab cabinet on Friday rejected the proposal of the Union government to set up NCTC terming it against the concept of federalism.

Updated: Feb 24, 2012, 14:58 PM IST

Chandigarh: The Punjab cabinet on Friday
rejected the proposal of the Union government to set up the
National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) terming it "against
the concept of federalism".

The cabinet, in its last meeting before the formation of
a new government next month, met here under the chairmanship
of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

The cabinet opined that setting up of NCTC was against
the concept of federalism and encroaches upon the rights of
the state governments.

Earlier on February 17, SAD patron Parkash Singh Badal
had reacted strongly against the proposal to set up NCTC
describing it as "a directly collaborationist measure by the
Centre in an attempt to usurp whatever is left of the states`
authority in matters of governance".

Toughening its stand on counter-terrorism, the Union
government had earlier this month, decided to operationalise
the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC), a body meant to
coordinate operations against terror groups, from March one.

But it has since faced fierce opposition from many states
across the country.

PTI