Counter-terrorism centre stuck in a turf war

Although home ministry is sure that the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) will become operational this year yet it has not been able to fix any deadline for the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). Home Minister P Chidambaram in December 2009 had envisaged restructuring of India’s security architecture and in this regard had proposed to set up a National Counter Terrorism Centre by the end of 2010. The ministry has already missed its deadline and even at this stage it is not confident to fix a time frame for what it has called a showpiece project of the home ministry. Gurdas Kamat, minister of state in the ministry of home affairs while replying to a question in parliament said at this stage no deadline could be confirmed though steps to activate the NCTC were being taken. Home ministry’s annual report for 2010, however, has a concrete assurance for the NATGRID. It claims the grid will be started in 2011 after getting approval from the competent authority. This project was conceptualised in the aftermath of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack in order to thwart such acts in the country in the future. Rs 40.6 crore has been allocated for this project in the present Union Budget.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 11

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