The proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) should function in a complementary manner, sharing intelligence with the State government, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has said.

Replying to questions in the Assembly on Thursday, Mr. Chandy said intelligence should be shared mutually. The proposed centre should keep the State government informed of the arrest and search operations to be conducted here. More clarity was needed regarding its functions.

He said the State did not deem the formation of the centre as an infringement on its powers. The government would present its views at a meeting organised by the Prime Minister on April 16.

He said extremist elements were trying to infiltrate into tribal areas to exploit the backwardness of the tribal people. This could be contained only through socio-political and legal interventions. Banned outfits too were attempting to function in the State.

Action against SI

He said the government would take stringent action against the sub-inspector Biju Salim, who was arrested in connection with the e-mail controversy. The government had garnered evidence against him.

He said a proposal for increasing the reservation for government jobs for the physically challenged to five per cent could be considered and implemented on evolving a consensus. Currently, the three per cent reservation for this category was being equally shared among the aurally and speech challenged, the visually challenged, and other physically challenged people. This was insufficient. There was a delay in reporting vacancies in this category in the judiciary. The backlog between 2007 and 2012 would be identified and reported to the Public Service Commission soon.

He said 1,249 molestation and rape cases were reported during the past one year. As many as 202 cases had been registered.

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