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First spell out roles of Centre, States in NCTC: Jayalalithaa

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Besides Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa (in picture), a host of Chief Ministers from States such as West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Gujarat have voiced their concerns against the proposed NCTC.
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Besides Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa (in picture), a host of Chief Ministers from States such as West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Gujarat have voiced their concerns against the proposed NCTC.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on Monday asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to convene a meeting of chief ministers as the March 12 meeting of officials will "not serve the purpose."

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Monday demanded that the Prime Minister first come out with a background paper spelling out the roles of the Central and State governments in the proposed National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) and then convene a meeting of Chief Ministers to discuss the issue.

Contending that the formation of the NCTC was an attack on the federal structure, she asked Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to convene a meeting of Chief Ministers since larger issues concerning the Constitution were involved.

In response to the Union Home Ministry's communication to the Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary requesting him to attend an official meeting on March 12 along with the State Home Secretary and the Director-General of Police, Ms. Jayalalithaa said the proposed centre would be a non-starter without the involvement of the State governments.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, she urged him to convene a meeting of the Chief Ministers after circulating a background paper that would speak about the roles of the Centre and the States and offer insights into how they could work together in the fight against terrorism.

“Tinkering with a few provisions such as renaming the Designated Authority or arming the Intelligence Bureau with the power of arrest and seizure, or dictating to State governments about the formation of Inter-State Intelligence Support Teams will hardly help in this fight against terrorism,” Ms. Jayalalithaa said. When many Chief Ministers had expressed their concerns to the Prime Minister directly, a meeting chaired by the Union Home Secretary would not serve the purpose, she added.

Availability and transmission of advance intelligence, remaining in a state of alertness, and modernisation of equipment, coupled with advanced training, were the key elements of any anti-terrorism establishment. When a Counter Terrorism Centre was contemplated at the national level, a process of consultation through a formal communication should have been initiated with the States, she said.

However, the Chief Minister said she had instructed the Chief Secretary, the Home Secretary and the DGP to attend the March 12 meeting. She also recalled the two letters she had written to the Prime Minister on February 17 and 20 in which she recorded her strong objections to the constitution of the NCTC, drawing attention to certain provisions which “trampled upon” the legitimate rights of the State governments enshrined in the Constitution.

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This issue is being unnecessarily politicised.
The union government is well within its jurisdiction while notifying the
setting up of NCTC. India is a signatory to a UN Counter Terrorism
And, in case Ms. Jayalalitha doesn't know it, our constitution empowers
the union government to frame laws on such(international) issues, even
if they may be mentioned in the State List.

from:  Praffulit Bisht
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 23:49 IST

Govt should take the concerns raised by the Non UPA ruled states
seriously. Rather than beating around the bush Mr Chidambram and Prime
Minister should convene this high level meeting of all Chief ministers and
resolve the concerns once for all. No one should take matter like counter
Terrorism as the playing field of their EGO...!

from:  Nishant
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 21:33 IST

Co-operative FEDERALISM.......need and reality of the hour....hope the
INC realizes it shortly.

from:  amol
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 21:25 IST

The start up of Koodankulam Plant will add to the electricity problem
if it uses atomic fuel (uranium) Mr. Banerjee of NPCIL has himself
admitted in the magazine Frontline when postulating the safety of the
plant that studies have shown a definite rise in temperature in the
sea level. he says "They found that the maximum rise in the
temperature by the coolant water being let into the sea could be kept
at 7 {+0} Celsius." Now let me remind you that 7 degrees Celsius is
about 44 degrees Fahrenheit! It is typical of the Nuclear Industry to
use the lesser count of Celsius than to show the heavier count of
Fahrenheit! The correlates perfectly with what NRC (Nuclear Regulatory
Commission of U.S.) consultant Arnie Gunderson has explained in the
video "Nuclear Power 101 explained by Arnie Gundersen" THAT NUCLEAR
GENERATION! Thermally polluting meaning warming and 40% less efficient
than other fuels! I feel the heat already!

from:  angeli alvares
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 21:24 IST

The PM perhaps was waiting to receive a concrete response from J
Jayalalitha on the Kudankulam nuclear power plant issue as shortage of
power in Tamil Nadu is as important an issue concerning Centre-State
relations as discussion on terrorism.

from:  GK
Posted on: Mar 5, 2012 at 20:47 IST
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