Sun, 06 May 2012 16:36:39 GMT

Hard decisions will have to be taken: Chidambaram on NCTC

New Delhi: Home Minister P. Chidambaram has said the government will take a "hard decision" on the controversial National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) given the terror threats the country faces.


Hard decisions will have to be taken: Chidambaram on NCTC

"Hard decisions have to be taken. Our decision cannot be based upon our past experience alone, because the past does not contain any indicators," Chidambaram said in his concluding remarks at Saturday's chief ministers' conference on the anti-terror agency that has almost been dumped due to opposition from many state governments.

"Some risks have to be taken, some calibrated steps have to be taken. But given the nature of threats we face, we must take hard decisions," he told the chief ministers in his concluding address the transcription of which was released to the media Sunday.

Chidambaram said he was still with "an open mind" to consider all suggestions that came during the daylong meeting.

He said he was ready to reconsider the issue of having the proposed NCTC out of the ambit of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) - one of the sticking points that have blocked the formation of an all-powerful anti-terror intelligence hub.

The home minister said it was not he who had proposed that the NCTC should be located in the IB.

This, he said, was decided by the group of ministers that made its recommendation in 2001 after the Kargil war.

"I didn't propose that the NCTC should be located in the IB. In fact, the new security architecture was certainly more ambitious but did not propose that it should be located in the IB," Chidambaram said.

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