New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry on Saturday announced to reschedule the NCTC meeting of top police and civil officials of all states. The meeting is aimed at ending the logjam on this issue between the Centre and the state. According to the announcement, the meeting will now be held on March 12 instead of March 9.

Home Ministry sources said that the decision for rescheduling was taken after the requests from several states that due to Holi festival and a long week-end; many top officials would not be able to attend the meeting. Some of them also conveyed their inability to attend the crucial meeting on March 9 citing the short notice given to them and pre-scheduled engagements.

In the wake of strong protests by non-Congress Chief Ministers, the Centre had put the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) on hold and decided to discuss with the state governments before going ahead with the plan.