Hon'ble CM at National Security Council Meeting

Published By : Admin | February 2, 2011 | 08:30 IST
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“Why not use Money Laundering Act to trap black money abroad?” “How could other nations dictate arms sales to States?” “Why enmities with a progressive and peaceful state like Gujarat?”

-- Narendra Modi asks Centre at National Security Council

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi today posed several incisive questions before the Central Government, notably the latter's inimical attitude towards a progressive and peaceful state like Gujarat.

Addressing the Chief Ministers' National Security Council meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the chair, Mr. Modi said that on the one hand the Union Home Ministry quotes National Crime Record Bureau to praise Gujarat for its peaceful law-and-order situation, but at the same time the PMO-controlled CBI is trying to mislead the Supreme Court with false statements to malign Gujarat.

As to how the Centre misuses the CBI as in leveling charges about the state's cooperative banks' alleged fraud currency notes, he said, when Gujarat asked for the details the CBI refused that it ever fed the media about such news.

Mr. Modi also criticized the Centre's step motherly treatment to Gujarat in buying arms from abroad. The Centre suggested the states buy arms from Turkey when Germany and Austria refused arms sales to states like Andhra, Orissa and Punjab citing misuse of the arms as the reason. He asked as to how other nations could interfere into India's internal security matters.

He also asked as to why the Centre did not invoke the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) to get back black money stacked in Swiss banks, as that money pose danger to India's security. The Union Home Money in its agenda note in rules 1.7, 1.8 and 1.9, suggests the states to use the same Act in preventing economic offences.

Referring to the growing incidence of terror and Naxal related violence, Mr. Modi asked the Centre to take the Naxal-affected states into confidence to tackle the issue of national security on a top priority. He said that Gujarat has suggested setting up NSG Centre and Regional Intelligence Centre, Fishermen Territorial Army and Vessel Traffic Monitoring System, necessary for a border state, two years back but has yet to get the Centre's nod.

The Chief Minister also criticized the Centre for reducing the annual amount for modernization of police forces from Rs.120-crore to Rs.47-crore over the last ten years. He also asked for clear cut policies from the Supreme Court regarding its judgment on Police Reforms, establishing that State Legislative Assemblies are the supreme organsations for the same.

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The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi has approved Indian Railways’ proposal for redevelopment of  3 major railway stations with an approximate total investment of nearly ₹10,000 Cr.:

a) New Delhi Railway Station;

b) Ahmedabad Railway Station; and

c) Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT) Mumbai

Railway Station is an important and central place for any city. Prime Minster Sh. Narendra Modi has given importance to stations development in the transformation of Railways. Today’s Cabinet decision gives a new direction to the station development. Work on redevelopment of 199 Stations is going on. Out of these, tenders have been issued for 47 stations. Master planning and design for the remaining is underway. Work is progressing fast for 32 stations. Today, the Cabinet has sanctioned investment of Rs. 10,000 crore for 3 big stations, namely New Delhi, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), Mumbai and Ahmedabad Railway Stations.

The standard elements of station design will be:

  1. Every station will have a spacious roof plaza (36/72/108 m) with all passenger amenities at one place along with spaces for retail, cafeterias, recreational facilities.
  2. Both sides of the city will be connected with the station, with the station building on both sides of Railway tracks.
  3. Facilities like food court, waiting lounge, playing area for children, place for local products, etc will be available.
  4. The stations located within the city will have a city center like place.
  5. To make the stations comfortable, there will be proper illumination, way finding/signages, acoustics, lifts/escalators/travelators.
  6. Master plan has been prepared for smooth movement of traffic, with adequate parking facilities.
  7. There will be integration with other modes of transportation like metro, bus etc.
  8. Green Building Techniques will be used, with solar energy, water conservation/recycling and improved tree cover.
  9. Special care will be taken to provide Divyang friendly facilities.
  10. These stations will be developed on the concept of intelligent building.
  11. There will be segregation of arrival/departures, Clutter free platforms, improved surfaces, fully covered platforms.
  12.  The stations will be safe with installation of CCTV and access control.
  13. These will be iconic station buildings.