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Updated: May 6, 2012 23:50 IST

NCTC will be set up: Chidambaram

K. Balchand
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The Union government has underlined its intention to set up the National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) on the basis of the suggestions and reservations expressed at the Chief Ministers' meeting here on Saturday.

In his concluding remarks at the meeting, Home Minister P. Chidambaram categorically stated the government's resolve to set up the NCTC, while offering to re-examine thorny issues, including locating the counter-terrorism apparatus in the Intelligence Bureau (IB).

Mr. Chidambaram's concluding remarks at the Chief Ministers' meeting were released here on Sunday where he focussed on areas of convergence and those that required more examination.

He said the government would be taking a decision, stressing that not taking a decision on “a matter of such urgency did not advance the objective for which we have met today [Saturday].”

The Home Minister would deliberate on the suggestions with an open mind before taking a decision.

Referring to the “misgivings” on the powers and location of the NCTC, Mr. Chidambaram sought to clarify that not the NCTC but its operations wing was being vested with “certain powers” and that too “under exceptional circumstances.”

“The normal operations will be done by the ATS and the State police,” he said emphasising that the operational wing would act after intimation and provide information immediately.

He agreed to reflect on the issue at greater length noting that a number of Chief Ministers were not satisfied and wanted more safeguards, while others extending qualified support were not satisfied with built-in safeguards.

On the issue of location of the NCTC, Mr. Chidambaram expressed his willingness to re-examine the matter, underscoring that even those who supported the NCTC questioned its location in the IB. Underlining that his proposal in 2009 had not placed the NCTC in the IB, the Home Minister pointed out that the Group of Ministers, in its recommendation, had designated the IB as the country's nodal counter-terrorism agency.

Justifying the need to set up an NCTC or a similar organisation, Mr. Chidambaram called for the need “to move beyond looking upon counter-terrorism as a police operation and enlarge scope to make it a truly counter-terrorism organisation that will mobilise all elements of national power.”

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I am really surprised to know that The centre is planning to act NCTC
even after tasting AFSAPA,which have already consumed many people. Who
have not even received justice. Who is going to give justice to them??
and who will provide justice to newly coming graves? " You Mr. Home
minister",??? you are not even sure of your chair in next election, the
act is not going to affect you anyway, what will happen to the common

from:  Sayeed Muzzafar Shah
Posted on: Jun 2, 2012 at 20:27 IST

Federal Structure is not above the safety of the country & people of this country. Central Govt. should be in a position to implement what ever is needed for the safety of the country. The parties having links with one or the other type of terrorist activists might be opposing this move of the Govt.

from:  mohan
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 09:55 IST

Reaching no consensus on NCTC issue interprets an antinational approach and saying yes to spread of terrorism leading to war like situation.

from:  Radha Kumud Das
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 08:31 IST

P.C. is doing a good job, by creating NCTC, the govt, is taking care of its citizen's. There should be no politic's to be played, its not about Center, Right, Or Left. What is the problem with the state govt? Any how Center is funding.

from:  Raja.A
Posted on: May 6, 2012 at 21:33 IST

Defeated at the hustings, PC is just making a face saving posture rather than showing real intention to fight the naxal and Jihadi terror for which no special body is required but resolute determination and discussion with respective chief Ministers and carrying the allies with every policy decisions is required.

from:  shanthanu
Posted on: May 6, 2012 at 19:01 IST

The Centre should consult with state while making interstate policies,UPA govt fails completely on NCTC which not understand states.

from:  dinesh
Posted on: May 6, 2012 at 18:48 IST

India is proud of having a very sharp Home Minister,it is unfortunate that some State CMs criticize him for just political reasons in opposing the NCTC.Time will come when these same CMs who opposed the NCTC will understand the importance of the NCTC and will regret for their opposition.

from:  V.Shanmuganathan
Posted on: May 6, 2012 at 15:41 IST

Their command is eroded completely, their words are not trusted. They must blame it for themselves. This is the fall-out of following-Sense of house is betrayed on Janlokpal, PM letter to Anna Hazare that strong Janlokpal will be passed, Peaceful demonstration lathi-charged at night in Ramlila maidan to defame Baba Ramdev, Anna Hazare prisoned before he started his hunger strike, Manish Tiwari said Anna Hazare 'corrupt to core', Verbal statements/IT actions/CBI raids on Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare as misuse of official machinery, Misusing Vice-President (cum General Secretary-Congress) Hamid Ansari to avoid Vote after discussion on Janlokpal, Kapil Sibal Zero loss theory, whole Congress party shielding corrupt of 2G, CWG and Adarsh and no action so far to recover whole loss and jailing criminals and corrupt. Where is the rule of law which anybody can trust. These CM have been watching these actions and they cannot trust MMS and PC any more. The nation will guard actions of these ministers or for that matter any minister in future. This is the failure of our Constitution which gave so many powers to incompetents.

from:  Devendra Shishodiya
Posted on: May 6, 2012 at 14:31 IST

IB is a discredited organisation that played into the political designs
of the power that be in the past.keeping the proposed NCTC will folster
confidence in it.

from:  manoharan
Posted on: May 6, 2012 at 14:15 IST
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