India's Intelligence Agencies - News & Discussion

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    aditya g Senior Member Senior 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

      NIA
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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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    Online propaganda of global terror outfits to be discussed at IB meet

    Bharti Jain| TNN | Jan 6, 2018, 09:52 IST
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    New Delhi: Radicalisation of youth, primarily through online propaganda by global outfits like Islamic State and Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), terror activities of Pakistan-based outfits in Jammu & Kashmir, counter-Left wing extremism approach and cyber threats will be discussed at length by police brass of the country at a three-day conference of DGPs/IGPs in Tekanpur, Madhya Pradesh, starting Saturday.
    The conference, organised annually by the Intelligence Bureau, will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh, apart from national security adviser Ajit Doval.

    Among the key internal security concerns to be raised at the meeting this year includes the aggressive social media campaign launched vis pro-AQIS as well as pro-IS media networks to reach out to the Kashmiri youth. There is a worry within in the security establishment even though neither of the two outfits has a notable presence or following in the Valley. "If such efforts by IS and AQIS to heighten their appeal among Kashmiris sustain, there is risk of the state's youth getting radicalised into their violent ideology," said an officer.

    The Prime Minister and home minister, during their address to the conference, are expected to raise concerns over radicalisation, new-age crimes like cyber terrorism, besides presenting an overview of the security situation with regard to theatres like Kashmir, North-east and Left-wing extremism-hit states.
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    Terror threats to the hinterland, particularly in the wake of AQIS recently calling upon Muslims from across the sub-continent to target Indian Army in cities like Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata, and counter-plans will also be discussed.

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    Individual sessions are likely to be held on Kashmir situation as well Left-wing extremism.


    About 250 senior police officers, including DGPs/IGPs of all states/UTs and DGs of Central forces and intelligence heads, are expected to attend the conclave




    The progress on police reforms will be reviewed, as will the implementation of decisions taken at the earlier DGP/IGP conferences held in Guwahati and Kutch.
     
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    http://indianexpress.com/article/india/638-officials-joined-cbi-in-various-ranks-in-2017-5015225/

    By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: January 7, 2018 5:59 pm

    The CBI has inducted 638 officials in its ranks in 2017 to strengthen the probe and prosecution work, an official said in New Delhi on Sunday. The agency has inducted 537 officers in various ranks from state police forces, advisors, banks officers, Railways officers and pairavi offices while 101 have been recruited in the ranks of public prosecutors, DySPs, Sub Inspectors, etc, the official said.

    The Central Bureau of Investigation is probing number of cases like Vyapam scam, MNREGA, coal, ponzi scam etc which are spread widely over a large area involving multiple FIRs, prosecution proceedings, and a large number of accused, sources said.

    They said leaving one weak link in the investigation can pour water over hard work of tens of people involved in the probe and prosecution of the case which makes it imperative for the agency to have adequate manpower. “The induction and recruitment of such a large number of officials in the agency will bolster the efforts to tighthen probe and prosecution of the CBI,” a senior official said.

    To clear pending promotions, the agency, in 2017, has held 11 departmental promotions committee through which 96 officials right from the ranks of the SP to canteen staff have got their promotions. In addition two DPCs were held through which 57 officials were benefitted with confirmation in their ranks.

    The agency also held four limited departmental competitive examinations for promotion in various ranks, the official said.

    Recently, a parliamentary panel had pulled up the government for the staff crunch that the agency has been facing and suggested direct recruitment at group ‘A’ level (DySP) in the agency through UPSC Civil Services Examination which was rejected by the centre.

    The parliamentary standing committee pertaining to ministry of personnel, public grievances and pensions said the nation is facing problems on many fronts like internal security, transnational terrorism, cyber-crimes, corruption and many other issues. “…we cannot afford to have such a premier agency understaffed and struggling with resource crunch. The committee expresses its dismay over the existing state of affairs in the CBI,” it said.

    It also suggested that the government may consider making terms of deputation to the agency more attractive so that officers from the state police forces, central paramilitary forces, Intelligence Bureau etc. are tempted to join the CBI on deputation. It said unless the substantial improvement in vacancy position is achieved immediately, its adverse impact will soon become visible.

    In its action taken response to the panel, the government said direct recruitment of DySP through the UPSC has been done away on the recommendations of the committee constituted in this regard after due consultations with the UPSC. “Keeping in view the functional requirements of the CBI, a Limited Departmental Competitive Examination has been introduced to appoint officers at DySP level,” it said.
     
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    Allen Rajesh Vas, Senior Intellgience Officer, General of Goods & Services Tax Intelligence (DGGI), Mangaluru Regional Unit, has been conferred with the President’s Medal for distinguished service. He will receive the medal on Republic Day.

    According to a press note issued by D.M. Soori, Assistant Director, Mangaluru Regional Unit, Mr. Vas has played a prominent role in booking cases of duty evasion of more than ₹100 crore. It was based on information gathered by him personally that cases of evasion of more than ₹41 crore were booked. He has recovered duty of ₹62 crore. He was involved in the investigation of several high profile cases of tax evasion across the country, Mr. Soori said.
     
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    Vice President delivers 4th R.V. Raju Memorial Lecture on 'National Security Challenges in 21st Century'

    We must be eternally vigilant against forces which are inimical to India: Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu

    Union Home Minister commends NIA for 95% conviction rate

    Posted On: 24 JAN 2018 8:12PM by PIB Delhi

    The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has said that we must be eternally vigilant against forces which are inimical to India and want to derail the country’s onward march. He was delivering the 4th R.V. Raju Memorial Lecture on 'National Security Challenges in 21st Century', organized by National Investigation Agency (NIA), here today.

    The Vice President said that the national security environment in India is determined by its geographical attributes, socio-economic milieu as well as by regional and global developments. He further said that the national security challenges can be broadly categorised as internal challenges and external challenges, both of which are closely and intricately intertwined. The internal challenges include the growing radicalization in our society, separatist movements, insurgencies, communalism and Maoist violence, he added.

    The Vice President said that India is now the fastest growing major economy in the world and India needs to grow faster to provide basic means of livelihood and decent opportunities to all its citizens. The need of the hour is to ensure that India remains peaceful so that the process of all round development continues unhindered, he added.

    The Vice President said that United Nations has from time to time adopted various resolutions to combat global terrorism in all its formats. However, despite being members of the UN some member states continue to flout these resolutions by nurturing and providing support to terrorist organizations and it is time for the global community to take note of the situation and act against such errant member states, he added.

    The Vice President reminded the recent investigations by the NIA in tracing and tracking the funding of the separatist groups and leaders have successfully disrupted the supply of funds to the separatist groups. He further said that this has led to a significant decrease in the incidents of terrorism as well as decline in the subversive activities being carried out by the separatists. He hoped that the NIA would continue to focus on all the aspects of financing of terrorism and effectively disrupt the channels and networks of funding to the terrorist organizations.

    Speaking on the occasion, the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh said that terrorism is a big threat in today’s world. He further mentioned, despite some countries’ support to it, our security forces are fully competent to overcome it. Referring to the track record of achieving 95 percent conviction rate by the NIA, he commended the agency saying NIA was “better than the best” and exhorted it to further improve the figure to 99-100 percent. The Home Minister expressed satisfaction at the fact that stone pelting incidents in Jammu and Kashmir were successfully tackled by our security forces including due to the role of NIA. He also asserted that there is no doubt that Jammu and Kashmir would remain an integral part of India. He said that security agencies have strived very hard in the North East region and were able to achieve an 85 percent decline in the terrorist incidents there. The Home Minister said that NIA should develop technology and competence to deal with the threats emanating from cyberspace. This should be done to develop professional and scientific investigative tools, he added. He also emphasised that NIA should improve cooperation with Federal investigative agencies of other countries to learn and share best practices.

    Director General, NIA Shri Y. C. Modi highlighted the achievements of NIA. He said that investigations have been completed in 185 cases by the NIA and chargesheets have been filed in 148 cases. He also elaborated upon the regional offices being set up by the NIA.

    On the occasion, following NIA officials were conferred Police Medals for Meritorious Service (PMMS) and President’s Police Medal for Distinguished Service (PPMDS):

    1. Shri Alok Mittal, IG(Adm/Policy): PPMDS for ID-2016
    2. Shri Satyanand Pandey, SP(Adm): PMMS for ID-2016
    3. Shri A.D. Negi, SP, NIA Hqrs: PMMS for ID-2017
    4. Shri Dhan Ram Singh, ASP: PMMS for RD-2017
    5. Shri P Vikraman, Dy. SP: PMMS for ID-2016
    6. Shri C. Radhakrishan Pillai, Dy. SP: PPMDS for ID-2017
    7. Shri B B Pathak, lnsp: PMMS for ID-2016
    8. Shri A. Narsimhulu Naidu: PMMS for RD-2017
    The Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri Hansraj Gangaram Ahir, Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, DGs and former DGs of CAPFs and senior officers of Ministry of Home Affairs were also present on the occasion.





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