Centre starts formulating its anti-terror policy, seeks views

  • Rajesh Ahuja, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 08, 2015 01:20 IST

The Union home ministry has initiated the process of framing anti-terror policy of the country seeking views of all central stakeholders in this regard, sources told HT.

“The idea is to fine-tune the country’s anti-terror framework.There is always scope for better coordination among central intelligence and investigation agencies on one side and state police on the other. The policy will bring out well-defined roles of all stakeholders in the country’s anti-terror structure,” said a home ministry official.

The ministry has already formulated its anti-left wing extremism policy and the new J&K policy is also being given final shape.

“We have sought views of all intelligence and investigation agencies before firming up the new policy. Once the central stakeholders provide their opinion, some of which have already come, we will seek views of state governments and police,” said an MHA official.

A formal meeting in this regard has already taken place in the MHA few days back. The National Investigation Agency, in its views submitted to the MHA, has asked for unified command to deal with terror threats. Sources said the NIA wants all intelligence and investigation agencies to work under a unified command that will include functions like intelligence gathering, analysis, forensic wing and even investigation and prosecution of terror accused.

“It is like bringing the National Counter Terror Centre back on the table. But it is the view of the NIA only,” added the official.

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