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Terrorism, infiltration threat to growth: Modi

Terrorism, naxalism and infiltration from Bangladesh were causing threat to development, says Modi.

india Updated: Dec 09, 2006 16:17 IST

Acts of terrorism, spread of naxalism and illegal migration from Bangladesh were causing a serious threat to development which needed to be addressed above political considerations, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday.

Modi also advised the Centre that it should practice what it preaches by saying that the Centre does not recognise they have to decentralise financial powers to the states while telling them that they should do so for the local bodies.

"... Debilitating factors like terrorism, naxalism, insurgency and illegal migration from Bangladesh, which are causing serious threat to the process of development," he said addressing the 52nd meeting of the National Development Council in New Delhi.

"These are the issues which need to be addressed above political considerations as the threats to development," Modi said.

He said the states needed to be treated as equal partners in the development process in terms of policy making and deployment of financial resources.

"The Centre should leave implementation of development process to the states," he said noting that in several areas including petroleum, gas, railways, airports, national highways, power where small permission has to be obtained from some Central authority.

Calling for a review of the paradigm of central support to states, Modi said efficient states should be encouraged by way of incentives for their performance.

First Published: Dec 09, 2006 16:17 IST