Cen­tre con­venes meet­ing of Chief Min­is­ters on in­ter­nal se­cu­rity


The Cen­tre has con­vened a meet­ing of Chief Min­is­ters on April 4 to dis­cuss var­i­ous in­ter­nal se­cu­rity is­sues. The meet­ing will dis­cuss is­sues con­cern­ing the coun­try’s in­ter­nal se­cu­rity, ac­tiv­i­ties of var­i­ous ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions, mil­i­tant ac­tiv­i­ties in Jammu and Kash­mir and in­sur­gency prob­lems in north­east­ern states.

The con­fer­ence will specif­i­cally de­lib­er­ate the is­sue of set­ting up of the Na­tional Counter Ter­ror­ism Cen­tre (NCTC), which is be­ing op­posed by Chief Min­is­ters like Ma­mata Ban­er­jee (West Ben­gal), Naren­dra Modi (Gu­jarat), J. Jay­alalitha (Tamil Nadu) and Naveen Pat­naik (Odisha). The Cen­tre has al­ready sug­gested NCTC would be out of the am­bit of In­tel­li­gence Bureau and it would con­duct any search op­er­a­tion or ar­rest any­one in any state only af­ter in­form­ing the state po­lice chief. Those op­posed to NCTC have been main­tain­ing that al­low­ing NCTC to con­duct op­er­a­tions uni­lat­er­ally would in­fringe on the states’ pow­ers and would hurt the fed­eral struc­ture of the coun­try.

The last meet­ing of the Chief Min­is­ters, held on March 5, 2012, had failed to evolve a con­sen­sus on NCTC. Home Min­is­ter Sushilku­mar Shinde had said he would dis­cuss the is­sue of NCTC with the Chief Min­is­ters in a bid to break the log­jam. The meet­ing will also dis­cuss the men­ace of the left-wing ex­trem­ism and how to tackle it in close co­op­er­a­tion be­tween then state gov­ern­ments and the Cen­tre.

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