PM writes to Dhumal,says NCTC will not infringe on powers of states

PM Manmohan Singh wrote to Prem Kumar Dhumal clarifying that the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre will be a part of the Intelligence Bureau and will not in any way infringe on the constitutional powers of the states.

Written by Express News Service | Shimla | Published: February 23, 2012 12:31:46 am

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday wrote to Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal clarifying that the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) will be a part of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and will not in any way infringe on the constitutional powers of the states.

Replying to Dhumal’s letter sent on February 18,the Prime Minister said the idea of such a centre has been under the government’s consideration since the 2001 Group of Ministers report suggested that a joint task force on intelligence be set up. “It was also suggested by the Second Administrative Reforms Commission that a National Centre for Counter Terrorism be established. In forming the NCTC,it is not the government’s intent in any way to affect the basic features of the constitutional provisions and allocation of powers between the states and the Union,” he added.

Dhumal had questioning the Centre’s move to go ahead with a sensitive matter like terrorism without taking the states into confidence. He was apprehensive that the NCTC could be used to suspend the democratic rights of the states.

The Prime Minister,however,said: “The primary purpose of the NCTC is to coordinate counter-terrorism efforts throughout the country,as the IB has been doing so far. It is for this reason that the NCTC has been located within the IB and not as a separate organisation.”

On the functioning of the NCTC,the PM,said the home minister will discuss it with the chief ministers of states. “I have noted your concerns about the manner in which the NCTC will function and am asking the home minister to address them suitably,in consultation with you and other chief ministers,” he said.

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