New Delhi: Amid growing clamour against some provisions of NCTC, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Monday warned the Centre against taking unilateral decisions on key issues and sought coordinated action to tackle internal security related challenges.

"Today, the nation is facing the twin challenges of terrorism and Left wing extremism, which is weakening our democratic institutions and constitutional edifice. In the recent past, it has been seen that, despite regular meetings on internal security, the central government is taking unilateral decisions on many issues; whether it relates to creation of National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) or proposed amendments to the BSF Act and RPF Act," he said addressing the annual conference of chief ministers on internal security here.

 Chouhan said that such efforts are a step towards “centralisation" and "against the spirit of federalism"
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"In the fight against terrorism, the central government always talks of shared responsibilities but repeatedly resorts to unilateral actions.

"The nation can become stronger only when the laws are formulated after consultations and consensus of all the political parties and various sections of society. The central government has not done much for the capacity building in the states," the chief minister of the BJP ruled state said.

 He said that Centre's decision of forming NCTC creates doubts about the intention behind such an attempt and asked it "to rise above politics and strengthen the efforts of the states in fighting terrorism by strengthening their institutions."

Chouhan also sought financial assistance from the Centre towards capacity building of security forces. "Today, we are liberally increasing Central Reserve Police Force battalions, but feeling shy of giving support to increase the manpower in states.

"It needs to be understood that it is not possible to enhance internal security by simply sending central forces rather the strength of the state forces needs to be augmented," he said.

The CM pointed flaws in Subsidiary Multi Agency Centre (SMAC) established in the state for real time exchange of intelligence inputs. "The installed equipments are not yet fully functional. It is important to bring about an improvement in this regard so as to ensure better coordination between the central and state agencies," Chouhan said.

 "Terrorism is an international phenomenon and many countries in the world have dealt with it successfully. We need to learn from their experiences too. It is high time; we initiate a dialogue with the international community,” he said.

Chouhan pointed out several measures being taken by the state government to tackle organised and economic crimes.

"Today, organised economic offenders in connivance with corrupt elements are weakening the democratic institutions and also seriously jeopardising the public delivery system. A series of so called scams have adversely affected the image of the nation.

"In such an atmosphere, it is necessary to make stringent laws to curb corruption and control the activities of corrupt elements. While the country is still looking for a strong Lokpal, we in Madhya Pradesh have enacted 'Madhya Pradesh Special Courts Act' to promptly deal with the corruption cases and confiscate the ill gotten wealth of corrupt officials," he said.

 The chief Minister asked the central government to include nine of the state's districts as left wing extremism prone. "As of now, in some of the districts, the problem is in initial stages and if not nipped in bud, it would be an uphill task to tackle it later," Chouhan said, adding "a subject as sensitive as internal security can be handled only through mutual trust, coordination and cooperation."

(Agencies)