New Delhi: Breaking his silence over stiff opposition of the State Governments over the formation of National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC,) Home Minister P Chidambaram on Friday wrote to 10 non-Congress Chief Ministers.
“Countering terrorism is a shared responsibility. I assure you that the intention of the Government is to continue to work with State Governments,” Chidambaram said.
The Home Minister in identical letters to the Chief Ministers of Odisha, Bihar, Gujarat, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Himanchal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Tripura said that the States and Centre will work together in order to counter terrorism.
Adding more he said that the Union Home Secretary would convene a meeting of the police chiefs of all States to discuss in detail about the work, objectives, structure and power of NCTC.
It is noteworthy to mention that the Home Minister’s letter came after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday asked him to address the concerns of the Chief Ministers who had opposed the formation of the NCTC without any consultation with the State Governments which will hurt the country’s federal structure and infringe on powers of the State Government.