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Prithiviraj Chavan bats for NCTC

Posted on Apr 16, 06:01PM | IBNS

New Delhi, Apr 16 : Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithiviraj Chavan on Monday said greater emphasis should be given on intelligence gathering mechanism and supported the creation of anti-terror body NCTC (National Counter Terrorism Centre).

Speaking at the Chief Ministers' meeting on internal security in New Delhi, Chavan said the Centre should think of deputing powers to the state for requisition of aircraft for 'Force One' in case of emergency situations.

Anti-terror group- 'Force One'- was created after the deadly terrorist attack in Mumbai in 2008.

"The current security environment posses major challenges," Chavan said.

"Terrorism is a threat to national security and it is changing its contours continuously," he said.

Speaking on the controversial NCTC issue, Chavan said setting up of the anti-terror body will be a 'good move' in empowering the country's counter-terrorism capabilities.

He said the Centre and state governments need to work in close coordination to deal with the growing trouble of Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) .

"The launching pads for FICN distribution have to be plugged to give a blow to this form of economic terror," Chavan said.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav also demanded establishing of laboratories in Lucknow or Kanpur to identify fake notes as fake currency rackets are on the rise in recent times.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said the Centre and state governments should 'urgently' consult on issues like setting up of the proposed anti-terror body NCTC (National Counter Terrorism Centre).

He said delay in consulting on these issues would affect handling of the law and order problems in the nation.

The Chief Ministers' meeting reviewed the internal security situation of the country as well as discussed about creating a separate cadre for intelligence officers with special incentives, separation of the investigation and law-and-order wings, and enhancement of the financial powers of Director Generals of state police (DGPs).

The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, discussed issues ranging from strengthening border and coastal security to increasing counter-terrorism and intelligence capabilities.