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Centre waters down NCTC plan

Ahead of chief ministers' meeting,govt takes NCTC out of IB purview.

The Centre has prepared a toned-down proposal for the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC),which will be discussed at the chief ministers’ conference on internal security on Wednesday.

The NCTC has been kept out of the ambit of the Intelligence Bureau in the new proposal. It will report to the home ministry with an official of the rank of director-general heading it.

Chief Ministers Narendra Modi,Naveen Patnaik,Mamata Banerjee,Nitish Kumar and J Jayalalithaa had opposed placing the NCTC under IB. The initial proposal of February 2012 was to have an additional director reporting to the IB chief heading the NCTC.

The new proposal also merges the Multi Agency Centre (MAC) with the NCTC,officials said. The controversial clause which empowered NCTC to carry out search-and-seizure operations and arrests in any part of the country has been watered down. The states had complained of assaults on “federalism”.

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The proposed new NCTC order says,“The operation against a terrorist or terrorist groups will be carried out through or in conjunction with the state police force.”

Top central government officials,however,conceded that some states might still have objections.

“We will wait for their reaction. The new order will be notified only after a consensus emerges. We think we have taken care of all issues,” a senior home ministry official said.

Officials said the proposed NCTC will have 3 divisions,each of which will be under a joint director reporting to the director. The divisions will be responsible for collection,dissemination of intelligence,and analysis and operations.

“NCTC shall set up Inter-State Intelligence Support Team (ISIST) in coordination with the state,” says the latest order. It will have the power to seek details from states including documents,reports,transcripts and cyber info,and the authority to requisition the special forces of states during operations. Unlike other agencies,NCTC would be able to act on its own to tackle or prevent terror attacks.