Human Rights

Anti-terror centre to miss its deadline

National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) was proposed to come up by the end of 2010 by the home ministry as a counter measure to tackle terror all across the country soon after the Mumbai attack on 26 November 2008. Home Minister at an Intelligence Bureau meet on 23 December 2008 had said that Anti Terror Centre as a centralised body would come up for internal security and intelligence on the model of the NCTC in the US. Home Ministry in reply to an RTI by Mail Today said the draft proposal paper of the NCTC is being worked out. Your request for providing the date on which the NCTC will come into existence purports to seeking information about an event of the future which is not in the custody of the Central Public Information officer. The government proposes to establish a focused institutionalised mechanism in the form of NCTC with an aim of tackling proactive measures contemplating with the other concerned agencies.” Home minister while talking to reporters after completing two years in office said, “I said that with the hope that a decision would be taken by the end of this year. Then I am hopeful that the NCTC would be set up within 12 months in comparison to 24 months that the US took (for a similar unit). I am confident that a decision on NCTC would be taken by the year-end” The NCTC is now likely to come up by the end of 2011. However project report of the National intelligence Grid that will have national database to enable real time access to information on all individuals is likely to be put before the Cabinet Committee on Security soon.

MG News Desk

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2010 on page no. 11

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