Uttarakhand CM opposes NCTC

Last Updated: Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 13:25

Dehradun: Accusing the Centre of
"infringing" on federal rights of the states, Uttarakhand
Chief Minister BC Khanduri on Sunday opposed the proposed
National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

"Be it NCTC or any other issue, it is very sad that some
of the important decisions are being taken by the Centre
unilaterally. The states must be taken into confidence on all
important decisions," he said.

Expressing his anguish over Centre for "not sharing"
vital information related to NCTC, Khanduri alleged the states
were "kept in dark" over the new anti-terror body, scheduled
to be operational from March 1.

His comments came after various states, including West
Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal
Pradesh and Odisha, took up the cudgels against the proposed
move.

Citing the recent example where the army was assured help
by the state in carrying out its new projects, Khanduri said
the security has to be shared both by the Centre and the
states.

"When you decide on the security of the country, you
cannot ignore the views of states," he said.

Significantly, at a meeting with top army officials this
week, state chief secretary Subhash Kumar had assured all help
and early clearances for 23,216 acres of land needed for
various projects that include 13 new helipads for maintaining
vigil in the strategically-important state which shares vast
border with China and Nepal.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, February 19, 2012 - 13:25
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