April 16th, 2012
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Centre and states should work hand in hand to tackle terror

manmohan-singhNew Delhi: Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh today appealed to Chief Ministers to work hand in hand on internal security as the country battles terror from across the border, Left Wing extremism and religious violence. He favoured joint and coordinated efforts to deal with challenges of terrorism whatever its origin, whether internal or external.

The Prime Minister was speaking at the annual conference of Chief Ministers on internal security in New Delhi. Threats on internal security need to be tackled firmly but with sensitivity. “There is no question that the burden of the fight against terrorism falls largely on the States’ machinery. The Centre is ready to work with the states to put in place strong and effective institutional mechanisms to tackle this problem,” he said.

The PM did not dwell on the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre, saying it will be discussed on 5th May in a separate meeting as suggested by some Chief Ministers. Non-Congress Chief Ministers as also UPA ally Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee have raised objections to the provisions in the NCTC, contending that it will upset the federal structure and encroach on the powers of the states.

Seeking a holistic approach in tackling the problem, he said, “This is a struggle in which we cannot relax. When we see turbulence in the region and growing factors of instability around us, we must strengthen our defences against terrorism.” Singh said “today, terrorist groups are nimble, more lethal than ever and increasingly networked across frontiers.” The Prime Minister described the internal security situation in the country has by and large been satisfactory since February last year for which the efforts of the states and the Centre need to be commended.”But I am sure all of us would agree that much more is required of us. Serious internal security challenges remain. Threats from terrorism, left wing extremism, religious fundamentalism, and ethnic violence persist in our country.”




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