Friday, July 03, 2009

National Intelligence Grid by September-end

New Delhi, July 02: The Centre would set up a National Intelligence Grid (NIG) and National Counter-Terrorism Centre (NCTC) by September-end this year with a view to strenthening the intelligence-sharing and analysing mechanism in the country.

According to the Action Plan II released by Union Home Ministry for June one to September 30 this year, the estbalishment of NIG would be completed by September 30 as the Multi Agency Centre (MAC), which shares intelligence information with states and the security establishment, had already come into existence in the first phase.

The proposed NIG was set up to get quick and seamless and secured access to desired information for intelligence and law enforcement agencies in the country.

The user agencies and the databases have been identified. The complete NATGRID programme is likely to be delivered in three phases within two years, official sources said.

The Union Home Ministry has also fixed September 30 for finalising proposal and obtaining necessary approvals for setting up of NCTC.

NCTC aims at creating a "National Network Security Architecture" to address a host of problems that plague the internal security structure.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in his first stint, had directed National Security Advisor M K Narayanan to prepare a report having two important recommendations which includes setting up of a detailed reporting structure and creating joint commands with central and state representatives for Naxal-affected areas.

While NCTC will be the apex body, it will have "collation and fusion" centres down to the district level so that intelligence can be streamlined and relayed more effectively. Every state will have a subsidiary multi-agency centre that will be connected to the NCTC.

The other key recommendation of having joint commands in Naxal-affected areas is to facilitate easier access to central forces and, more importantly, conceive, coordinate, plan and execute operations more effectively.

Bureau Report

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