Manmohan Singh
Prime Minister Manmohan SinghReuters

With pressure mounting from various quarters to discuss on the controversial National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has agreed to hold a separate meeting with the chief ministers on May 5.

Chief Ministers of many states including West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee, Tamil Nadu's J Jayalalitha, Odisha's Naveen Patnaik and Gujarat's Narendra Modi had written to the PM to hold a separate meeting on NCTC.

The amendments moved by the Opposition parties on the controversial National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) were defeated in the Lok Sabha recently.

The anti-terror agency, which is supposed to be an effective way to check terrorism in the country, was planned to be formed on March 1 but was put on back-burners following the opposition across the states, mainly from non-Congress governments.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh assured in Parliament that the NCTC would not be commissioned before a meeting with all Chief Ministers, thus the government will consider all their laments over the élite anti-terror body. He said that NCTC was the best way forward in "dealing with terrorism and dealing with internal security threats."