Bhubaneswar: Peeved by the Centre’s decision to convene the meeting of Chief Secretaries and Director-Generals of Police of the State Governments to end the controversy on the provisions of the proposed anti-terror hub, the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Odisha Chief Minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to convene a meeting of Chief Ministers to address the concerns of the States.
Claiming that the issues raised by several Chief Ministers relate to national security, terrorism and extremism which require deliberation at the highest level, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said, “It is imperative that instead of a meeting chaired by the Union Home Secretary, an immediate meeting of the Chief Ministers be called by you to address the concerns raised by the States on this urgent matter.”
It is noteworthy to mention that Mr. Patnaik was the first to raise objections to NCTC provisions that had already received support from other non-Congress ruled States. He on February 13 had dashed off a letter to Manmohann Singh, expressing opposition to certain features of the NCTC which he apprehended would infringe the federal structure of the constitution. Following him the Chief Ministers of nine other States had written letters to the PM expressing their fears that the powers given to the agency would infringe on the rights of the States and threaten federalism in India.
In reply Dr. Singh in his letter on February 21 had assured the Chief Ministers that Home Minister P Chidambaram will address the issues raised by them.
Home Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday wrote to 10 non-Congress Chief Ministers, assuring them that Home Secretary R.K. Singh will be convening a meeting of the DGPs and other senior officers of the State Governmwnt to discuss in detail the scope and functions of the NCTC.