Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Saturday accused the Centre of not sharing information on its constitution, functioning and powers with the State Governments over the issue of National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC).
Chidambaram in a statement on Saturday morning at Badu in West Bengal said that, “Security of the country is shared by the Centre and Gtate Governments. The Constitution of India assigns law and order to the State Government and also assigns the Centre to protect the country against external aggression or internal disturbance.”
Reacting to this statement Patnaik said, “If security is the shared responsibility of the Centre and the State, then I am surprised that the Home Ministry is not sharing vital information with State Governments. They have not shared information regarding the constitution of NCTC, its functioning and powers.”
Stating that Union Home Ministry sent huge bills for deployment of CRPF and BSF in the States, including Odisha affected by Maoist activities, terrorism and extremism, Patnaik said, “It is a matter of surprise that they can send heavy bills, but not the important notification issued on February 3.
It is noteworthy to mention that Naveen was the first to write a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to reconsider Home Ministry’s order over NCTC, claiming that it will infringe on the power o f the State Governments.
According to the memorandum of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on February 3, the NCTC officers will have power to search and arrest under Section-3A of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, without consulting the State Governments.
Later the Chief Ministers of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh jumped on the bandwagon to support Naveen.