Centre’s plan to revive National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC)
The Centre is planning to revive the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), a project conceived by the UPA government in 2012 but vehemently opposed by then Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi.
A senior home ministry official said the NCTC proposal would be reworked to diminish the fears of State governments that their intelligence gathering mechanism would be encroached upon by the Centre.
A 2012 notification on NCTC has not been rescinded yet, the proposal is very much under consideration.
The National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) is a proposed federal anti-terror agency to be created in India, modelled on the National Counter terrorism Center of the USA.
The proposal arose after the 2008 Mumbai attacks aka 26/11 attacks where several intelligence and operational failures revealed the need for a federal agency with real time intelligence inputs of actionable value specifically to counter terrorist acts against India.
The proposal has however met with much criticism from the Chief Ministers of various states who see this as a means of weakening India's federalism.
The NCTC proposes to have powers to seek information from all State and central agencies and maintain records of terror suspects, their family members in a single database.It will also have the mandate to carry out anti-terror operations, if any, through, or in conjunction with, the State police.