Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has joined the league of non-Congress chief ministers opposing the United Progressive Alliance government decision to create National Counter Terrorism Centres (NCTC) in the state.
Dhumal has shot of a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, opposing the move of the union government to create NCTC. He urged the Prime Minister to dissuade the union home ministry not to implement the same from March 1, according to the decision taken in this regard.
Admitting the need to sternly deal with terrorism, Dhumal advocated upon generating consensus on the issue. “It was required to adopt an approach based on consultation and consensus and not a blatant one-sided action without taking into confidence the state governments,” Dhumal said in the letter written to Prime Minister.
“This is more so because law and order was a state subject and no effort in the direction of maintenance thereof or combating terrorism, could be expected to succeed fully unless backed willingly and wholeheartedly by all the state governments,” said Dhumal, adding that “unfortunately, this vital fact seemed to have been ignored by the union government while notifying the NCTC unilaterally”.
The CM said certain provisions of the said office memorandum were of more serious concern as they appeared to be directly and brazenly infringing upon the sphere of authority of the state governments, as established by the Constitution of India (Article 246).
Dhumal described the central government decision to notify NCTC without consulting the state governments as terrible blow to the federal principles and structure.
The CM said his view had been shared by many states across the country. He said in recent years the union government had adopted a tendency to brazenly and unilaterally encroach upon the authority and responsibility of the state governments and trying to make them ineffective or helpless in shouldering their constitutionally assigned responsibilities.
“Agencies such as the National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the CBI have been allowed to expand their area of operation unilaterally without any manner, bringing out any spectacular results in their work in the past,” Dhumal said.
“It was not the action but the manner in which it was proposed or decided to be taken for which he had a strong objection. Sometimes very well intended move can also result in failing to achieve any useful or fruitful or desirable outcome simply because of the anxiety to push through such action,” Dhumal added.