New Delhi: As the anti-NCTC chorus is growing louder day-by-day, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked the Home Ministry to address the concerns of the states which are not ruled by Congress.

According to sources, the Prime Minister has asked Home Minister P Chidambaram to address the issues of the Chief Ministers of non-Congress ruled states and create a consensus.

The anti-NCTC states have accused the UPA government of not delivering the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) as promised by the Home Minister after the Mumbai terror attacks. The non-Congress CMs are continuously attacking Centre and alleging that the government is attempting to infringe upon the federal structure of the country.

As the Budget session of the Parliament is inching closer, the Central Government is striving hard to negotiate with the states and remove resentments over various provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, particularly the 43(A) and 43(B), which will be used by the NCTC.

The Home Ministry has also geared up to address the concerns of states over power to arrest, search and set up inter-State Intelligence Support teams.

Sources claimed that the proposed anti-terror body will in no manner curb the powers and rights of the states as the provisions of NCTC clarifies that accused will be taken to the nearby police station soon after his arrest by NCTC team. Hence, law and order issues will remain in hands of the states.

“The idea of NCTC is to facilitate Centre-state coordination in handling the menace of terrorism,” sources from the government claimed.

After burning its fingers following the issue of FDI in retail and Jan Lokpal Bill in the Winter Session, the Central Government is leaving no stone unturned to clear the speculations prevailing on the formation of NCTC.

(JPN/ Bureau)