Prime minister Narendra Modi to finally launch NATGRID
A official source stated that ,Prime Minister Narendra Modi is soon anticipated to inaugrate the National Intelligence Grid or NATGRID that sights to provide a cutting-edge technology to boost India’s counter-terror capabilities.
They said that the ultimate“synchronisation and testing” of the ambitious electronic database, which was propounded after the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks in 2008, is being carried out so that it can go live.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah had currently signaled that NATGRID, conceptualised as a seamless and secure database for statics on terrorists, economic crimes and similar incidents, may finally see the light of day.
Mr. Shah during the 51st Foundation Day event of the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) here on September 4 said that ,had corona [COVID-19] not been there, the Prime Minister would have devoted NATGRID to the country. I am hopeful that the Prime Minister will dedicate NATGRID to the country soon.
The NATGRID has been perceived as a vigorous mechanism to track doubtful and debar terrorist attacks with real-time data and access to classified information like immigration, banking, individual taxpayers, air and train travel.
The 26/11 terrorist blockade in Mumbai back in 2008 revealed the lack that security agencies had no mechanism to look for significant information on a real-time basis.
As per the first phase plan, 10 user agencies and 21 service providers will be linked with the NATGRID, while in later phases, about 950 additional organisations will be connected. In the coming years, more than 1,000 organisations will be further joined into the NATGRID.
These data sources contained records related to immigration entry and exit, banking and financial transactions and telecommunications.
Significant federal agencies of the country have been sanctioned to access the NATGRID database.
The federal agencies are the Central Bureau of Investigation, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, the Enforcement Directorate, the Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (for the Income Tax Department), the Cabinet Secretariat, the Intelligence Bureau, the Directorate General of GST Intelligence, the Narcotics Control Bureau, the Financial Intelligence Unit, and the National Investigation Agency.
Lack of instant data to intelligence and enforcement agencies was considered one of the major problems in detecting U.S. terror suspect David Headley’s movement across the country during his various visits between 2006 and 2009.
Headley had given vital information and videos of terror targets to Pakistan-based terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba that carried out the Mumbai attacks which killed 166 people, including foreigners.
The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) had given final nod to the ₹3,400 crore NATGRID project back in 2010 but its work slowed down after 2012.
However, Mr. Modi, who came to power for the first time in 2014, later gave instructions for its advancement.