PM to discuss federal agency, improving intelligence with CMs

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New Delhi, Dec 18 (UNI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is likely to emphasise setting of a federal agency to tackle rising incidents of terrorism and Naxalism, taking help of private security agencies along with filling vacancies in police, proper training of police personnel and improving intelligence network during his meeting with Chief Ministers on internal security here on December 20.

The day-long meeting, being held in the backdrop of recent jailbreak by Naxalites in Chhattisgarh, blasts in Assam and Manipur and terror attacks in courts of Uttar Pradesh at religious places like Ajmer Sharif in Rajasthan and at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad, would focus on measures to tackle terrorism in hinterland, Naxal violence -- which has claimed lives of many security personnel along with civilians -- and situation in Jammu and Kashmir and Northeastern states.

Apart from taking feedback from the states about security situation, the Centre is likely to ask them to take concrete steps to tackle the problems of terrorism, Naxalism and other such threats.

The Prime Minister is likely to emphasise the need for setting up of the federal agencies for investigation of incidents of terrorism, Naxalism and smuggling of arms and narcotics and other such crimes which need coordination between the Centre and the states. The states, which have been opposing the move on the ground that the police and law and order was a state subject, would be asked to see the urgent need for setting up such federal agencies for proper investigation and greater conviction in crimes of national implications.

Apart from emphasising the importance of filling up of all the vacancies to strengthen the police forces in states, the Centre would also ask the states to properly train their personnel so that they could effectively perform the job of maintaining law and order. Measures like setting up separate cadre for intelligence gathering, providing incentives to police personnel to work in the special branches of police would also be discussed at the meeting.

The meeting would also consider using private security agencies, which have a strength of 50 lakh in the country, to augment the police forces. Both Home Minister Shivraj Patil and National Security Advisor M K Narayanan have recently supported the move. However, many experts have advised against the move in view of lack of proper training of these security personnel. The Centre would take the states' view before taking a final decision in this regard.

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