To woo CMs, Centre will clip NCTC wings

  • Against the NCTC

    A combo picture of some of the chief ministers who are opposing the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre.

  • Karnataka chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda

    “The Union Government is trying to meddle in the affairs of the States through the NCTC. I will write a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan ...

  • Chhattisgarh chief minister, Raman Singh

    "Terrorism is a undoubtedly a big threat and challenge before the country and action needs to be taken against it. However, before the Centre takes ...

  • Madhya Pradesh chief minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan

    Creation of such an authority without consultation with state governments was a terrible blow to the spirit of federalism. - Madhya Pradesh chief minister, Shivraj ...

  • Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal

    “A directly collaborationist measure by the Centre in an attempt to usurp whatever is left of the states’ authority in matters of governance”. - Punjab ...

  • Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa

    "I share the concern of other CMs who have expressed reservations against the attitude of certain ministeries in the government of India acting in a ...

  • Odisha chief minister, Naveen Patnaik

    The people of our nation are aware of their democratic and federal rights, which at times have to be underlined by the state governments to ...

  • West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee

    “It is difficult for the state government to accept such arbitrary exercise of power by the central government/central agency, which have a bearing on the ...

  • Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi

    "If you accept the responsibility of state governments then is it not your (centre's) duty to consult them before forming laws?" - Gujarat chief minister ...

  • Tripura chief minister, Manik Sarkar

    "Considering that 'public order' and 'police' is a state subject under the Constitution of India, this action of the MHA amounts to encroachment on the ...

In an effort to break the stalemate over setting up of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), the government has offered to make a climbdown on the proposed outfit’s controversial search and arrest powers.

The home ministry has told chief ministers that the NCTC would ordinarily conduct operations along with the state police units, but it wants the body to independently arrest terrorists in exceptional cases.

The concession has been made in a set of guidelines circulated ahead of the May 5 chief ministers’ meeting, which could decide the fate of India’s first dedicated body to prevent terrorist strikes.

The NCTC was to be set up on March 1 with powers to “control and coordinate” all counter-terrorism measures and search and arrest any suspected terrorist.

But strong protests by nearly a dozen chief ministers, including UPA ally Mamata Banerjee and those from NDA-ruled states, forced the government to put the project on hold.

Home secretary RK Singh had last month said that the concerns of the states would be addressed in the standard operating procedures (SoPs) that would dictate how the NCTC would use its powers.

In this document, the home ministry has proposed that the NCTC would “as far as possible” keep the heads of state police and anti-terror squads informed about its operations in advance.

In case that was not feasible in some instances, the state police would be informed about the searches and arrests made immediately.

But this is unlikely to silence critics. The chief secretary of an NDA-ruled state, who didn’t want to be identified, said unless the Centre were to push the project down their throat, most non-Congress states would demand a full-fledged law to give the NCTC any powers, the chief secretary said.


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