‘Non-Cong CM's should discuss NCTC with Centre’

Karaikal: Minister of State in PMO V Narayanaswamy on Saturday urged non congress Chief Ministers opposed to creation of National Counter Terrorism Centre to discuss the issue with the Centre to resolve the matter.

"The Union Government will take steps to resolve the issue through discussions with the Chief Ministers," he told reporters here.

He also dwelt on the importance of the NCTC in combating terrorist activities.

Chief Ministers of non-Congress and BJP-ruled states and a Congress ally have opposed the Centre's proposal to set up an apex counter-terror agency, saying it struck at the federalism and usurped states' powers.

The protest was lodged by several Chief Ministers, including Naveen Patnaik (Odisha), Mamata Banerjee (West Bengal), J Jayalalitha (Tamil Nadu), Narendra Modi (Gujarat) and Shivraj Singh Chauhan (Madhya Pradesh).

On the Koodankulam issue, he said the plant is capable of producing 1000 MW and would prove a boon to Tamil Nadu, which is facing acute power shortage. He expressed the hope that the expert committee appointed by the state government will submit its views soon.

Taking a dig at the NR Congress Government at Puducherry, he said it had 'failed' to provide relief to farmers and fishermen affected by cyclone Thane, despite the Centre immediately allocating funds for the purpose.

He also voiced concern over what he termed was the deteriorating law and order situation in Puducherry.