New Delhi: Voicing reservations over the full-fledged operationalization of the ambitious NCTC, Congress-ruled Karnataka on Wednesday said the body should not be given "unbridled powers".

"Some safeguards are necessary before setting up NCTC so that it is not given unbridled powers to encroach upon states' domain," Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said in his speech during the CM's internal security conference convened by the Centre.

"As envisaged by the Union Government, the National Counter-Terrorism Centre will have to involve multi-dimensional intelligence gathering and an action planning agency. Earlier efforts of containing terrorist activities by the existing organization for intelligence networking have proved inadequate and ineffective,” he said.

"In principle, the government in Karnataka has recognized the importance of data and intelligence sharing, planning of anti-terrorist activities including activities that are aimed at preventing, disabling or even tackling a terrorist attack in progress and the need for coordination between state and central agencies and sometimes police of other states and even international agencies," he said.

‘Declare Karnataka a Naxal hit state’

The CM said Naxal activities are "expanding" in the state "albeit slowly" and hence Karnataka should be categorized as a Left Wing Extremism affected state.

"As I have earlier said, the Naxal movement is definitely trying to disturb our state. I, therefore urge the Centre to declare this as a Naxal affected state and provide central assistance by funding and imparting special training to our personnel. Alternatively, assistance may be extended for undertaking preventive measures so that the Naxal movement does not make inroads into the state," he said.

The Karnataka Chief Minister also blamed the Union Home Ministry for supplying "unseaworthy" boats for the coastal security scheme being implemented in his state. "I wish to point out that the boats supplied by the Ministry of Home Affairs through the Goa Shipyard Limited are unsuitable, uneconomical and unseaworthy and not able to serve the purpose for which they are meant. This issue has been raised in the earlier meetings also and I request you once again to supply suitable, all-weather, seaworthy boats in the second phase," he said.


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