NCTC a setback to our federal structure: Raman

Raipur: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh opposed Centre`s notification to form the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), calling it a "serious setback to the federal structure of the country".

Singh said he will write to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking a review of the move and request him to convene a meeting of chief ministers on the issue.

"Terrorism is a undoubtedly a big threat and challenge before the country and action needs to be taken against it. However, before the Centre takes any decision in this regard, the state governments should be taken into consideration," he said in a statement.

As far as dealing with terrorism is concerned, both Centre and the state governments can deal with it effectively by working in tandem, he said.

Chief Ministers of several states like Odisha, West Bengal, Bihar, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat have claimed that NCTC will infringe on the rights of the states on issues of law and order.