New Delhi: Ten days after the deadly Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh, Prime Minister inaugurated the internal security meeting of Chief Ministers on Wednesday. Addressing the meeting, the Prime Minister said the Centre and state governments must work together to combat Naxalism. He said the government has instituted measures in 34 Naxal-hit areas.
"We are meeting today in the aftermath of Naxal attack in Chhattisgarh. Such violence has no place in our democracy. The Centre and states need to join hands to ensure such incidents don't re-occur," Manmohan Singh said.
Manmohan Singh also highlighted the steps being taken to ensure the security of women in the country. "We have enacted several laws to tackle crimes against women. There is a need to put in place institutional mechanisms such as sensitisation of policemen," the Prime Minister said.
Addressing the meet, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde said more Centre-state co-operation in intelligence sharing has ensured improvement in the anti-Naxal efforts. Shinde als said the internal securoity situation in 2013 has been under control.
"Security situation in Jammu and Kashmir has shown improvement. Infiltration attemps have been decreased by border management through construction of border fence, improvement of human intelligence and operation management," Shinde said. "Multi-agency center has been strengthened with sharing of intelligence. A number of terrorist attacks have been averted," Shinde added.
The meeting is being attended by key non-Congress chief ministers like gujarat CM Narendra Modi, Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh and Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah. Some of them have been opposing the formation of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) but CNN-IBN has learnt that a new draft doesn't allow NCTC to function without the help of states. The chief ministers of seven Naxal-affected states will also meet the Home Minister in a separate meeting to discuss Naxal strategy.
Even as some non-Congress cheif ministers are attending the internal security meet, there are some who will stay away. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa will not be attending the NCTC meet. In fact Jaya wrote to the PM on Tuesday saying, "We are equal partners & expect to be able to make a meaningful contribution. But the current exercise seems to get CMs to rubber stamp pre-decided measures. I was forced to cut short my speech at the last National Development Council meet in a humiliating manner."