Prime Minister Narendra Modi held an Inter-State Council meeting with state chief ministers on Saturday morning. In the meeting which was revived after a gap of 10 years, the PM asked states to focus on intelligence sharing .
“We should focus on how we can make our country prepared to counter challenges to our internal security,” said PM Modi at the meeting while addressing the meet.
PM Modi said internal security cannot be strengthened until the states and the Centre focus on sharing intelligence.
“We have to remain alert and updated always,” he stressed.
For the first time, Modi was interacting with all Chief Ministers on a single platform ever since he assumed the charge two years ago.
“With close cooperation, we will not only strengthen the Centre-State relations but make a better future for the citizens,” PM Modi said.
Chief Ministers of all states, Lieutenant Governors of Union Territories and 17 Union Ministers are members of the Inter-State Council.
The meeting was attended by most CMs. However, Uttar Pradesh CM Akhilesh Yadav, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah and Mehbooba Mufti, the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir did not attend the meet.
The meeting comes amid the ongoing turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir, where at least 36 people lost their lives following violent protests after Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter last week.
The last meeting of the Inter-State Council was held in 2006. The UPA government had convened just two meetings in its 10-year tenure.
The Modi government revived the Inter-State Council structure after assuming office in May 2014. Home Minister Rajnath Singh had chaired meetings of all the five zonal councils over the last one year in various parts of the country in which chief ministers of states of the respective zones took part.
The Inter-State Council (ISC) was established under Article 263 of the Constitution through a Presidential Order on May 28, 1990.
ISC is a recommendatory body which discusses subjects of common interest between the Union and states or among the states and makes recommendations for coordination. It also deliberates upon such other matters of general interest to the states as may be referred by the chairman to the Council.
A Standing Committee of the Inter-State Council has been constituted for continuous consultation and processing of matters for the consideration of the Council.
Union Home Minister acts as the Chairman of ISC and five Union ministers of Cabinet rank and nine chief ministers as members nominated by the Chairman of the Inter-State Council.
on issues of internal security, economic and social planning, and inter-state relations on Saturday.
(With inputs from PTI)