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    aditya g Regular Member

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    Thread for general news and discussions on India's intelligence agencies:

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      2 Research and Analysis Wing
      3 Intelligence Bureau
      4 Narcotics Control Bureau
      5 Directorate of Revenue Intelligence
      6 Defence Intelligence Agency
      7 Joint Cipher Bureau
      8 Signals Intelligence Directorate
      9 Directorate of Air Intelligence
      10 Directorate of Navy Intelligence
      11 Directorate of Income Tax (Intelligence and Criminal Investigation)
      12 Directorate General of Income Tax Investigation

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      Enforcement Directorate
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    http://www.thehindu.com/news/nation...ve-natgrid-looking-for-ceo/article8046068.ece

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    Published: December 31, 2015 01:16 IST | Updated: December 31, 2015 01:16 IST NEW DELHI, December 31, 2015

    Centre pushing to revive NATGRID, looking for CEO
    To rope in an intelligence official to head the federal counter-terror centre.
    The Union government is set to make an aggressive effort to accomplish one of the most ambitious intelligence projects in recent memory, which failed to take off during United Progressive Alliance rule.

    Conceived in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) is a centralised agency which stores sensitive personal information on citizens from almost two dozen agencies to be made available for counter-terror investigations.

    Multiple sources say the government will appoint a senior serving government official, in all likelihood one with an intelligence background, to head NATGRID, with a mandate to operationalise it as a federal counter-terrorism centre.

    Contract not renewed

    Soon after it came to power last year, the National Democratic Alliance government refused to renew the contract of Raghu Raman, NATGRID’s first and only CEO, who had bagged the job while working for automobile major Mahindra. Mr. Raman’s contract was not renewed by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the basis of an alleged adverse intelligence report. Though the government has kept its options open for private citizens to apply this time, a senior official said it was keen on intelligence officials.

    UPA’s showpiece project

    One of the UPA’s biggest showpiece internal security projects, the grid was to provide an intelligence database that would have networked 21 sets of data sources to provide quick and secure access of information to about 10 intelligence and law-enforcement agencies including the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and R&AW. These data sources include records related to immigration entry and exit, banking and financial transactions.

    Ashok Prasad, Secretary, Internal Security, who is holding additional charge of NATGRID, is said to be the frontrunner for the post. Mr. Prasad, a 1979 batch IPS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre lost the race to become the IB chief last year when the government decided to appoint his junior Dineshwar Sharma to the post. There is an understanding that the government wants to compensate him for the loss.

    “But, this government is known for making unconventional appointments. It is a sensitive and important post and the government would want a trustworthy person to hold this post. NATGRID will have access to all kinds of data under one roof and can also prove to be counter-productive if misused,” said the official. Last year, former IIT-Kanpur Director Sanjay Govind Dhande was in the race but the proposal fell through.

    On December 16, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued a circular to fill the post of CEO of NATGRID. The circular calls for applicants with a Masters in Electronics, IT or equivalent with an experience of working in the IT-related field for 25 years. Both serving as well as retired government officials can apply.

    The circular also says that if a private person is hired, his/her salary would be Rs. 10 lakh a month and if it’s a government servant, it will be his last drawn salary or the present salary.
     
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    http://www.oneindia.com/india/chida...ational-counter-terrorism-centre-1977389.html

    Chidambaram pitches for setting of National Counter Terrorism Centre Updated: Friday, January 8, 2016, 16:31 [IST]

    New Delhi, Jan 8: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Friday pitched for setting up of National Counter Terrorism Centre in wake of the Pathankot terror attack and voiced disappointment over the manner in which the counter- terror system responded to the incident. While saluting the soldiers martyred in the attack, Chidambaram, a former Home Minister, said on Twitter, "Disappointed with the manner in which the counter-terror system in the government responded to the situation!

    "It is a fair inference that the foreign office, the defence forces and the internal security have not been talking to each other." In another tweet, he said, "My disappointment turned to despair watching the response to #PathankotAttack. It was déjà vu. No sign of a 'single command and control'." Chidambaram's pet project was NCTC when he was the Home Minister which was then opposed by BJP. Making a fresh pitch for it, the Congress leader said, "The best message of reassurance to a shaken and sceptical nation and the best warning to our enemies that we take terrorism as a serious threat will be to notify forthwith the National Counter Terrorism Centre." After the Pathankot attack, Congress spokespersons had stated that had BJP not opposed NCTC and the mechanism been in place, things could have been different. Targeting the government for not calling a meeting of Cabinet Committee on Security Affairs immediately after the incident, the former Home Minister asked, "Was CCS convened immediately after security forces engaged terrorists? No offcl word, but HM didn't attend any meeting after Jan 2." Putting out tweets from a write up of Chidambaram in a newspaper, the party's official twitter handle said, "Security of people cannot be left to individuals. Response to a terror attack must be an institutional response." Congress has been repeatedly targeting NSA Ajit Doval over the depolyment of NSG instead of the army after the attack alleging it was done as the NSA wanted to take full credit for himself. Alleging that there was no sign of a single command and control in Pathankot, the Congress leader noted, "Defence Sec Corps re-employs retired jawans. Garud Force is a defensive arm of IAF to protect air force assets. "NSG is a target-specific counter-terror force, not a battlefield unit. Yet, these units were called in as first responders. The battle-ready counter-terror force, Army's Spcl Forces, was nearby but not deployed." Chidambaram also asked, "Does the Home Minister meet NSA, Home Secretary, Special Secretary (IS) & heads of IB and RAW every day? It appears no." PTI
     
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    Some of Mr. P Chidambaram are perfectly valid.
    We need something on line of Department of Homeland Security.
     
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    IMHO, we should refrain from creating layers and layers of organisations, departments which only add to the bureaucracy w/o improving our on ground response. The Intelligence Bureau is responsible for internal intelligence and NIA for prosecuting terrorists. The problem is IB has no accountability and voters & taxpayers (via their MPs) do not have any governance over these bodies.
     

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