Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has said that the difference between the non-Congress states and centre on the setting up of National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) will be resolved on meeting with the chief ministers on May 5. Chidambaram said that the central police forces are an interception force and not for deploying yearlong. They are to be deployed for short periods and then pulled back.
Answering a question Chidambaram said that the agency's standard operating procedures (SOP) will be circulated among all chief ministers. It will be discussed on the May 5 meeting and he shown his confident that the confusion will be resolved.
On the issues of the centre was willing to back off from internal security duties in Maoist infested states, he said that if state governments are willing to take up more responsibility and raise more forces to fight Maoists in their respective states, then the central paramilitary and police forces can be withdrawn.
The central police forces are an interception force and not for deploying yearlong, he added.
Commenting on the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa's allegation that the state governments are being reduced to municipal corporations by the centre on financial dependence, Chidambaram said it was the view of one chief minister.
(With inputs from IANS)
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