New Delhi: To end the controversy on the provisions of the proposed anti-terror hub, the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) to counter terrorism, a crucial meeting of Chief Secretaries and Police Chiefs of all States will be held today in New Delhi.
During the meeting, Home Ministry officials led by Home Secretary R K Singh will try to explain the scope and functions of the National Counter Terrorism Centre and make it clear that the proposed anti-terror hub will not infringe on the States’ power.
The NCTC formation was at first strongly opposed by Odisha CM, Naveen Patnaik. Later, over a dozen Chief Ministers had opposed the creation of NCTC on the ground that it would hurt the federal structure of the country and had written to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to intervene into the matter.
Following this Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had asked Chidambaram to address the concerns of the Chief Ministers who had opposed the formation of the NCTC. In return Chidambaram had written letters to 10 non-Congress Chief Ministers and had assured 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. Furthermore in the wake of strong protests by non-Congress Chief Ministers, the Centre has put on hold the operationalisation of the NCTC from March 1 and decided to discuss with the State Governments before going ahead with the plan.
The crucial meeting was originally scheduled on March 9 but postponed to March 12 following requests from several States which had conveyed their inability to attend the meeting due to Holi festival, short notice and pre-scheduled engagements.