Prime Minister Narendra Modi's hard talk with 31 CMs on internal security
Regarding internal security, Prime Minister Narendra Modi pointed out that one can thwart terror threat if the Centre and states coordinate with each other
Making fervent pleas to strengthen the country's internal security in the wake of growing terror attacks worldwide (France, Turkey, Brussels, Orlando in United Sates) and India too being hit by countless terror strikes, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said the country's internal security cannot be strengthened until the states and Centre focus on sharing intelligence.
The Prime Minister made this appeal while inaugurating the 11th Inter-State Council (ISC) meeting, which was being held after a gap of 10 years. It was attended by Chief Ministers of 31 states.
"The internal security of the country cannot be strengthened until we focus on intelligence sharing, ensure greater coordination among agencies, and equip our police with modern approach and technology.
"While we have come a long way, we need to continuously increase our efficiency and capacity. We must constantly remain alert and updated," the Prime Minister said. He said the nation can only progress if the Centre and state governments worked together.
The ISC provides a forum to discuss policies and is certainly the most significant platform to strengthen Centre-state and inter-state relations, he said.
Modi said discussions with chief ministers and others would help in building strong Centre-state relations.
"The nation can progress only if the Union and state governments walk shoulder to shoulder. It would be difficult for any government to successfully implement a scheme on its own.
"Therefore, provision of adequate financial resources is as important as the responsibility for implementation.
"There are only a few occasions when the leadershipS of the Centre and the states assemble together.
"This forum of cooperative federalism is the perfect setting to deliberate on the interests of the people, address their problems and take collective and concrete decisions.
"It highlights the vision of the makers of our Constitution," the Prime Minister said.
The meeting, held for the first time after 2006, will discuss internal security, recommendations of the Punchhi Commission on harmonising Centre-state relations, Aadhaar card and use of Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) for subsidies.
With the acceptance of the 14th Finance Commission recommendations, the states' share in Central taxes had increased from 32 to 42 per cent, Modi said.
"This means that states now have greater financial resources to utilise in accordance with their requirements.
"The total amount received by states from the Centre during 2015-16 is 21 per cent higher than the amount received in 2014-15.
"Similarly, Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies will receive Rs 2.87 lakh crore during the period of the 14th Finance Commission, which is substantially higher than last time," he said.
Modi also spoke on education, saying it should generate curiosity among children.
"It should teach them how to attain and enhance knowledge. It should motivate them to continuously keep learning throughout their lives."
He said the Centre and states should equip youths with at least some skill sets. "We have to prepare our youth to think logically, think out of the box, and work creatively."