Saturday, August 15, 2009

Centre to tell states: Don’t depend on us for security

Express news service

Posted: Friday , Aug 14, 2009 at 0438 hrs
New Delhi:

As many states show slow progress on equipping themselves to deal with security-related situations, the Centre is likely to tell the Chief Ministers on Monday that they cannot be forever dependent on the Union government and will have to take an equal responsibility for ensuring security for the citizens.

At a meeting of the Chief Ministers of all states, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram will once again impress on the state governments to start a massive capacity-building programme that will make them self-sufficient to deal with modern security threats like terrorism or Naxal violence.

The meeting will review implementation of the steps suggested at the previous Chief Ministers’ conference on January 6 this year. In this regard, the Home Ministry had already asked the state governments to prepare a detailed action taken report on the decisions taken at that meeting, sources said.

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They said Home Ministry was aware of the fact that many states had been extremely slow even in utilising the resources provided to them by the Centre since the last meeting. States like Kerala have hardly used the new boats sent to them meant for patrolling the sea-shores with the aim of strengthening the country’s coastal security.

Despite repeated reminders from the Home Ministry, many states are yet to form Quick Response Teams or hold regular mock drills for their police forces.

The meeting is likely to be attended by Chief Ministers of all the states barring those of Arunachal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. While Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi is unwell, the Chief Ministers of Arunachal and Himachal have expressed their inability to attend.

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