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Madhya Pradesh CM writes to PM, urges to reconsider setting up of NCTC

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By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Shivraj Singh Chouhan has strongly urged the Centre to reconsider setting up of National Counter Terrorism Centre and stop further implementation until consultative process with the state governments is undertaken.

Mr. Chouhan, in his letter to the Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, said that creation of such an authority without consultation with the state governments is a terrible blow to the spirit of federalism. He said that the public order and police is a state subject, therefore, the states are required to legislate and implement the laws for this subject. He said that the Constitution of India provides for a federal structure under which the authority and responsibility has been clearly assigned between the Union and the State Governments.

The Chief Minister in the letter said that the Government of India has taken a unilateral action for creation of National Counter Terrorism Centre and empowering this centre under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act vesting its officers with powers to arrest and search anywhere in the country.

Mr. Chouhan said that the state government has always been committed to take steps against terrorism and organized crime. In order to create an effective mechanism for countering terrorism in the state and to empower the state law enforcing agencies, Madhya Pradesh Terrorism and Organized Crime Control Bill was passed by the State Assembly in 2007. This Bill, he said has not been approved by the Government of India till date. On the other hand, retrograde steps are being taken by creation of agencies, which are in contravention to the provisions of Indian Constitution.

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at]
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