Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday stressed on the need for cooperative federalism while speaking at the Inter-State Council meeting with the chief ministers.
He said, “With close cooperation, we will not only strengthen the Centre-State relations but make a better future for the citizens.”
Modi also asked states to focus on intelligence sharing which will help the country stay “alert” and “updated” in countering internal security challenges.
Addressing the Inter-State Council meeting, convened after a gap of 10 years, the Prime Minister told the Chief Ministers that “we should focus on how we can make our country prepared to counter challenges to our internal security”.
Modi said internal security cannot be strengthened until and unless the states and the Centre focus on sharing intelligence.
“We have to remain alert and updated always,” he said.
Chief Ministers of all states, Lieutenant Governors of Union Territories and 17 Union Ministers are members of the Inter-State Council.
For the first time, Modi was interacting with all Chief Ministers on a single platform ever since he assumed the charge two years ago.
The Prime Minister said the meeting of the Council would deliberate on internal security challenges and how to counter them and how states the states and the Centre can cooperate.
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Akhilesh Yadav, belonging to Samajwadi Party, and Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah of Congress did not participate in the meeting.
Mehbooba Mufti, Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, which is witnessing turmoil following violent protests after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani did not participate in the meeting. Mehbooba belongs to PDP.
Modi’s statement on cooperative federalism comes in the wake of two setbacks from the Supreme Court for dismissing the elected governments of Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh.
In Delhi too, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has often accused the central government of constant intervention and allowing it to work.
(Inputs from PTI)