Kolkata:  Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Monday said that West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who had earlier objected on certain issues, has a 'positive mind' towards the National Counter Terrorism Centre.

Shinde flayed for reigniting NCTC issue
"I had talked to her earlier also on the NCTC issue. She has a positive mind (Unka toh maan hai)," Shinde told reporters when asked if he discussed the issue with the Chief Minister at a meeting at Fraserganj in South 24-Parganas district on Monday. Shinde reiterated that the Centre was keen to introduce the NCTC to firmly deal with terrorism.

The NCTC, which has regained importance following the Hyderabad serial blasts last week, has been opposed by several states on the ground that law and order was a state subject. Shinde had on Sunday said that he had already told the Rajya Sabha that the Centre would pursue the NCTC and do it.
He had also said that Mamata Banerjee was very cooperative on the issue and others like the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. "Whenever the country faces any difficulty, the CM is very cooperative," Shinde had said.

Shinde and Banerjee also discussed coastal security issues during their visit to the riverine Indo-Bangla border in the Sunderbans.


1) What is NCTC?

The plan for setting up counter-terror agency was conceived after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks by the then Home Minister P Chidambaram


•    It will derive its powers from the Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, 1967. It is proposed to be a part of the Intelligence Bureau

•    After coming into existence, it will have the power to conduct searches and arrests in any part of the country

•    It will maintain a data base on information about terrorists and their associates including their families

•    It will control and coordinate with all counter terrorism measures

•    It will be headed by a Director and the agency will report to the Union Home Ministry. The Director of the NCTC will report to the Director of the IB and the Union Home Secretary. It will have to file detailed notes on its operations and intelligence analysis to both the agencies

2) Controversy

The non- Congress parties including the then UPA ally TMC opposed the set up of NCTC, calling it totally unconstitutional

It was proposed to be commissioned on March 1, 2012 but the launch could not be operationalized after fierce opposition from a group of Chief Ministers especially the non-Congress ruled state governments. According to them the proposed agency has sweeping powers that violate the autonomy of state governments.  Nearly 12 non-Congress state governments registered their opposition to the NCTC.

Non-Congress chief ministers allege that the NCTC has been empowered to search and arrest people without informing the state government, police or anti-terror squad.

BJP’s take: NCTC is a body created by an executive order under the overall control of the Intelligence Bureau having complete secrecy and no Parliamentary accountability

3) Opposing Chief Ministers:
•    West Bengal: Mamata Banerjee
•    Gujarat: Narendra Modi
•    Odisha: Navin Patnaik
•    Tamil Nadu: Jayalalithaa
•    Bihar: Nitish Kumar
•    Chhattisgarh: Raman Singh
•    Himachal Pradesh: Former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal
•    Jharkhand: Former CM Arjun Munda
•    Madhya Pradesh: Shivraj Singh Chouhan
•    Nagaland: Neiphiu Rio
•    Punjab: Parkash Singh Badal
•    Tripura: Manik Sarkar
•    Uttarakhand: Former CM Bhuwan Chandra Khanduri



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