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Sep 23, 2013 at 09:55am IST

Narendra Modi to skip NIC meet to be chaired by PM today

New Delhi: Gujarat Chief Narendra Modi will skip National Integration Council meeting to be chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi on Monday. The meet was held in the backdrop of the communal riots in Muzaffarnagar, in which over 40 people lost their lives.

The meeting will be attended by all the chief ministers. The events of the meeting hold importance as the Union Home Ministry has warned against such violence in the election year. The meeting is likely to discuss the use of social media to promote national integration and tackling hate propaganda.

According to the agenda, the 148-member NIC will discuss among other issues safety and security of women, confidence- building measures taken to tackle communal disturbances and taking help from all sections of society in removing communal tension.

Union ministers, Leaders of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, chief ministers of all states and Union Territories are members of the NIC. Leaders of national and regional political parties, chairpersons of national commissions, eminent journalists, public figures and representatives of business and women's organisations are also a part of the NIC.

The proposed Communal Violence Bill, opposed by some states as it envisages empowering the Central government to send central forces unilaterally in case of communal disturbances, is also expected to be discussed in the meeting.

Steps taken to tackle crimes against SCs/STs, associating all sections of society in removing inter-caste tension will also be discussed in the day-long meeting convened after two years.

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Singh Yadav will be visiting Muzaffarnagar. He will reach the district 10 am and will visit relief camps too.