Changes eyewash,will oppose NCTC: Sukhbir

The Punjab government has decided to object to the “fresh” agenda set by the Union Home Ministry on the working of the National Counter Terrorism Centre

Written by Chitleen K Sethi | Chandigarh | Published:May 4, 2012 12:24 am

The Punjab government has decided to object to the “fresh” agenda set by the Union Home Ministry on the working of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).

Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal told The Indian Express on Thursday that the changes introduced by the Home Ministry were mere “eyewash” and the ministry had,despite the climbdown,kept its supremacy of action and operation within the states intact.

“The very fact that the NCTC director can authorise its team to enter a state and carry out an operation without informing or intimating the state police is objectionable. By saying that the NCTC,in most cases,will inform the state police,the ministry is trying to befool the states,” he said.

Sukhbir added: “The new agenda states that there could be instances when the concerned state police is not informed about an operation before the operation is carried out. In such cases,they will inform us later. Why inform us even later? After an operation is carried out,we will come to know about it in any case.”

Reiterating the Punjab government’s earlier stand on the issue,Sukhbir said that NCTC was just one of the many ways in which the Centre was eroding the powers of the states. “It is a silent but systematic encroachment by the Centre,undermining the federal structure of the nation. We are not the only ones who are objecting. Every state feels the same. The difference is that the Congress-ruled states cannot openly object to the provisions of the NCTC,” he added.

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