Sunday, February 07, 2010

Modi praises Centre for improved handling of internal security

February 7th, 2010

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday praised Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram for their bold initiative in tackling terrorism and improving the security scenario in the country.

Interacting with media on the sidelines of Chief Ministers’ Conference on internal security, Modi praised Singh for his inclusive approach on terror.

Modi also added that Chidambaram has been extremely swift and positive in tackling terror.

“Security is of prime concern in our country and there are two ways of tackling this issue. Firstly, by increasing the strength of our security forces and secondly, by increasing the judicial strength,” he said.

“While Manmohan Singh has been in the seat of PM, these issues of terror are being tackled. Also, the Ministry of Home Affairs under P Chidambaram has been extremely positive and swift. We are now getting positive and speedier response from the Centre over terror issue,” Modi added.

Modi’s reaction came as a surprise, as earlier this month the Union Home Ministry urged President Pratibha Patil to reject the controversial Gujarat Control of Orgnised Crime Act (GUJCOCA).

It has already created bitter debate between the Centre and Gujarat and turned into a political battle to make into reality.

Earlier Modi had blamed the Centre for not approving it because the state is running by the opposition and they don’t want to let them to take any initiative in this regard while the similar law is implemented in the Maharashtra state which ruled by the Congress Government.

On other hand, Home Ministry had rejected the allegations and raised objection over some points in the draft as he recommended deleting of its two provisions in the draft. (ANI)


NEW DELHI: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said that there was need to strengthen laws dealing with the country's internal


While addressing the chief ministers' conference on internal security convened by the government here, Modi said internal security threatened by organised crime and terrorism needed to be confronted with a strong resolve which should not be limited to physically strengthening the law enforcement mechanism.

"Our policy decisions and laws to deal with such issues should have enough teeth. The biggest issue concerning internal security, to my mind, is lack of adequate legal provisions to support our efforts," he said.

Modi's remarks came in the backdrop of the central government's refusal to give its nod to the president to sign the controversial Gujarat Control of Organised Crime Bill passed by the state assembly.

The chief minister has on earlier occasions criticised the central government for opposing certain provisions in the bill, saying they were similar to the existing laws in Maharashtra and Karnataka. The central government had suggested some amendments to the bill.

In his speech, Modi referred to the dossiers sent to Pakistan on the involvement of "people and state agencies" in the Nov 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attack.

He said the country should build its inherent strength and institutional mechanisms so that "we do not have to rely upon external forces for bringing perpetrators of crime against our people within our country to book".

"It is important that not only are we strong but are also perceived to be strong by subversive elements within and outside India," he said.

He said that the National Investigation Agency Act had powers of taking over investigation in FICN (Fake Indian Currency Note) offences and there was no need for asking the state governments to give general consent for Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probe into such crimes.

"Did the government try to look at the track record of CBI in investigating offences which it is seized with?"
he said.

Modi said the agenda for the conference did not include action taken on deliberations of previous meetings. He said his government was committed to building a mechanism to ensure that all criminal cases in the state were disposed off within 12 months.

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