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Centre offers to set up permanent Secretariat for No Money for Terror: MHA

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According to Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai, the Central government has offered to establish a permanent Secretariat for the No Money for Terror (NMFT) campaign in the country.

He was responding to a Rajya Sabha question about whether the government has any plans to establish a permanent Secretariat to coordinate global efforts against terror funding. Kartikeya Sharma, a member of Parliament, has asked about the countries that are collaborating with ‘No Money for Terror,’ as well as whether the country’s investigation agencies will play a key role in the organisation.

Rai said that the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India hosted the 3rd Ministerial Level Conference on Counter-Terrorism Financing ‘No Money For Terror’ (NMFT) during November 18-19, 2022 to collaborate with countries across the world for suppressing the funding sources that allow terrorists and extremists to carry out their violent acts.

Delegations from 77 countries and 16 multilateral organizations participated in the Conference, he added.”During the Conference, sensing the need for permanency of this unique initiative and in order to sustain global focus on countering the financing of terrorism, the Government has offered to establish a permanent Secretariat for the No Money for Terror (NMFT) Ministerial Conference, in the country. A discussion paper is to be circulated shortly to all Participating Jurisdictions for their valuable comments,” he said in a written reply.

The proposed Secretariat is not expected to be an investigative body. It will operate on the concept of collaboration and cooperation between nations, he added.

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