NCTC won’t encroach on states’ interests: PC

Chidambaram assured the states that the proposed NCTC would not encroach on their rights

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 3, 2012 3:44 am

Reiterating that the Centre and states need to share responsibility in the fight against terror,Home Minister P Chidambaram on Wednesday assured the states that the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) would not encroach on their rights as local law enforcement agencies would be actively involved and informed of anti-terror operations.

“Dealing with violence and terrorism is a shared responsibility. We are willing to share our responsibility and we want states to share their responsibility,” Chidambaram said during his reply to a debate in the Demand for Grants for the Home Ministry in the Lok Sabha.

He elaborated that the volatile neighbourhood — with all major terror groups like Al Qaida,Lashkar-e-Toiba and Harkat-ul Jehad-e-Islami based there — has implications for the internal security of India. “This Hamletian dilemma should go… what do we want to be? In this troubled neighbourhood,in 2012,internal security is a shared responsibility. We are willing to accept our responsibility and states should do their share,” he said.

He said in the last financial year the Centre spent close to Rs 40,000 crore on the police forces while all the states combined spent barely Rs 60,000 crore on the same.

While he said that a detailed statement on NCTC would be made on May 5 during the meeting with Chief Ministers,Chidambaram underlined that state police would be involved in anti-terror cases as the accused would be handed over to the nearest police station.

Renewing his offer for talks with Maoists if they agreed to shun violence for the duration of the dialogue process,Chidambaram took a strong stance against those who “misunderstood” the rebels’ goals and objectives.

“Some members call them misguided. They are not misguided. They are guided by their own objectives. We are misleading ourselves by misreading their objectives,” he said,adding that the stated objective of the rebels is to overthrow the democratic government through armed rebellion.

Clarifying on the amendments to the BSF Act,Chidambaram said the changes do not give any additional powers to the force but will only regularise their deployment in states affected by internal strife.

He said only the preamble of the Act has to be changed because as per the original Act,the force can only be deployed on the border.

On the Telangana issue,which was raised by several members during the debate,Chidambaram said the Centre is waiting for a consensus as the situation changed “dramatically” after the government announced it would form the state.

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