New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday raise concerns over the new draft on National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) terming it a "poorly conceived" idea which "tinkers" with old ideas rather than strengthening them.

"It is not clear how big it is going to be, what forces are going to comprise it, how exactly it is going to function and which statute will it derive its powers from. I think such poorly conceived ideas which tinker with age old existing systems rather than strengthening them are going to do irreparable loss to our internal security apparatus," he said.

Modi said he was slightly worried about the last minute circulation of proposed order on NCTC. He said, "The fact that it is on the agenda and gets a passing mention should not be construed as a consultation with the states much less an arriving of consensus on this issue."

He expressed his strong reservations about the structure and functioning proposed in the National Counter Terrorism Centre Order, 2013. "Moving the multi-agency centre (MAC) from within IB to the proposed NCTC will end up weakening it even as it appeared that it was taking some concrete shape. The proposed NCTC will be just another superstructure in the maze of institutions already existing," he said.

The Chief Minister said the creation of any new institution or organisation of this nature should be done only after having a complete unanimity amongst the Centre and the states. "The inability of the Centre to coordinate efforts with states to achieve consensus on such issues emanates from the unwillingness on its part to recognize the states as equal partners in handling issues related to internal security. It also exhibits a strong sense of one-upmanship and contempt for the constitutional division of powers," he said.

NCTC violates federal structure: C’garh CM

Opposing the setting up of the anti-terror body NCTC in its present form, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh said it violates the federal structure of the Constitution. "We are opposed to the NCTC in its present state. We want that if NCTC comes into existence, it should respect the federal structure of our Constitution. The participation of states in the NCTC should not get reflected only on paper,” he said.

"We hope that NCTC will not be entrusted with powers that have not been given under the NIA Act 2008 and the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act 1967,” Singh said.

"We had also opposed the NCTC because it was proposed to be a body under the Intelligence Bureau. This would have affected the working of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and led to public scrutiny of several intelligence matters," the Chief Minister said.

Singh said he was happy to note that new NCTC proposes to bring it directly under Home Ministry. "But there are still some issues with the proposed structure and the most important is that it should be ratified by Parliament so that NCTC becomes responsible and answerable to people," he said.

MP CM opposes NCTC

Accusing the Centre of taking unilateral decisions on internal security matters, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan strongly opposed the proposed anti-terror body NCTC citing practical difficulties.

"I regret to say that despite all round opposition, the central government is bent upon setting up NCTC. Of course certain amendments have been made in the proposed new order, still they do not resolve the practical difficulties,” he said.

"Again I would like to suggest that the Centre should limit its role to intelligence collection, analysis and exchange and all other actions pertaining to operations should be left out to state police. Does the Central Government not trust the state police?," he asked while speaking at the Chief Ministers' conference on internal security.


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