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Nitish questions need for NCTC

delhi Updated: Jun 05, 2013 23:34 IST
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Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said on Wednesday that even the revised draft order on the proposed national counter terrorism center (NCTC) suffered from “serious flaws” and “arbitrary” provisions.

The centre ought to seek parliament's nod through a wider debate on the NCTC, Kumar said at a chief ministers’ conference on internal security in New Delhi.

Kumar, who heads a JD(U)-BJP coalition regime in Bihar, also demanded a change in the criteria for implementing the integrated action plan in left-wing extremism (LWE) affected districts, by making it panchayat-oriented.

Bihar CM questioned the rationale behind the proposed creation of an NCTC ‘operations division’ empowered to conduct such operations as were required to be conducted through or in conjunction with the state police.

Kumar said: "This will create operational problems as it is not clear, which of the two organisations will have the leading role and control over such operations”.

He wondered why a new NCTC had been proposed when the NIA was discharging similar functions. “A better option would be to strengthen and develop NIA rather than to create another organization”, he argued.

“It appears the unlawful activities (prevention) act has been kept in perspective while formulating the basic provisions of the new NCTC. When the UAPA is available, its objectives should be ratified through a motion of law," Kumar said.

"If the centre still considers it expedient to form an organisation like NCTC, then it should be done through legislation in Parliament, which will ensure a wider debate over the subject", he added.

Kumar said when naxalism was a national problem that the centre and states had to fight together, then there was no reason why the centre had to charge the states for the central forces provided to them for this purpose.

"Yet, large amounts are being charged by the Centre from Bihar for deployment of CRPF. This needs consideration," he said.

Bihar, Kumar said, had been consistently requesting the centre to assist the state financially to extend the integrated action plan (IAP) scheme to all extremism affected panchayats in the state, instead in selected LWE districts.

“The basic unit for implementation if IAP schemes should be changed to panchayats selected on relevant criteria rather than a district as a whole. This will lead to a more integrated and focused approach…”, the Bihar CM said.

Kumar said his government's ‘Aapki Sarkar Aapke Dwar’ programme, had become focal point of Bihar's approach towards controlling LWE. He also spoke of police reforms and speedy trial of criminal cases in the state.