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PM to discuss terrorism issue with CMs

The meeting will discuss co-ordinated steps to prevent terrorists attacks similar to the Mumbai blasts.

india Updated: Sep 03, 2006 17:58 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has convened a meeting with the Chief Ministers of all states in New Delhi on Tuesday to discuss co-ordinated steps to prevent terrorists attacks similar to the July 11 serial blasts in Mumbai.

The decision comes close on the heels of a meeting with the Chief Ministers of Naxal-hit states to augment security.

On Tuesday, the states are expected to discuss creation of a separate police force to effectively deal with the problems of terrorism and Naxalism as suggested by President APJ Abdul Kalam last week.

In the wake of the Mumbai blasts, both Kalam and Dr Singh have called for launching a war on terrorism, aided and abetted from across the border.

At the instance of Dr Singh, a Group of 8 (G8) highly industrialised nations, including the US and the UK, at a July Summit in St Petersberg, Russia, adopted a resolution declaring its determination to help fight terrorism anywhere in the world, thereby jettisoning its segmented approach.

Official sources on Sunday said that the September 5 meeting, which would also be attended by state chief secretaries, is expected to come out with measures to strengthen intelligence gathering relating to terrorist activities.

It would also discuss steps to sensitise the security forces, particularly the police in the state, to take intelligence inputs seriously so that terror strikes could be prevented in time.

The meeting comes ahead of the National Development Council (NDC) meet to finalise the 11th plan 2007-12, to be chaired by Dr Singh and attended by the Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, key Union Cabinet ministers and the CMs.

First Published: Sep 03, 2006 17:14 IST