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    New sticky to track updates on Indian Intelligence Agencies

    Intro :


    1. RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS WING
    The most commonly know agency of India, R&AW is the frontline intelligence provider in India. The Agency though very young is know for its work all over the world and is considered one of the best. It was established in 1968 following the intelligence failures of the Sino-Indian and Indo-Pakistani wars, which persuaded the Government of India to create a specialised, independent agency dedicated to foreign intelligence gathering. R&AW receives little to no attention from the populace, which seems to be unaware of the existence of such an organisation or even India’s internal intelligence agency, theIntelligence Bureau (IB). The excessive secrecy surrounding activities and rare declassification of the information are considered to be the major reasons behind this.

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    FORMED IN: 1968

    AREA OF WORK: Foreign Intelligence

    IMPORTANT OPS: creation of Bangladesh, op smiling buddha, Indo-Pak War of 71,99

    2. INTELLIGENCE BUREAU

    IB stands for Intelligence Bureau and is an autonomous body that was created through an executive order of the government. IB is not an investigative agency and is primarily concerned with a specialised analysis of information. It is also the oldest intelligence agency in the country, created by the government in 1947 at the time of independence. IB carries out intelligence inside the country and counter insurgency and counter terrorism strategies are made based upon analysis of information due by IB. IB specialises in covert, secretive operations and helps the government in formulating foreign policy towards countries with which India does not seem to have good, friendly relations. The members of Intelligence bureau were trained initially by the KGB of

    IB specialises in covert, secretive operations and helps the government in formulating foreign policy towards countries with which India does not seem to have good, friendly relations. The members of Intelligence bureau were trained initially by the KGB of Russia

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    FORMED IN: Initially in 1887, recrafted in 1947

    AREA OF WORK: Internal intelligence.

    IMPORTANT OPS: Indo-sino war 1962, Indo-Pak 65

    3. NATIONAL TECHNICAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION

    The National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) is a technical intelligence agency under the National Security Adviser in the Prime Minister’s Office, India. ] It also includes National Institute of Cryptology Research and Development (NICRD), which is first of its kind in Asia. NTRO is responsible for providing technical intelligence to other agencies on internal and external security. The agency is under the control of India’s external intelligence agency,Research and Analysis Wing, although it remains autonomous to some degree.

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    FORMED IN: 2004

    AREA OF WORK: Provide Intelligence to other agencies/ Coordinate gathered intel both foreign and domestic

    IMPORTANT OPS: Provided the intel to ICG in blowing up of the pakistani ship on the eve of new year ie 31-12-2014.

    4. NARCOTICS CONTROL BUREAU

    The NCB is the primary organisation in India to cut and monitor the drug business. The NCB is the law enforcement and intelligence agency of India responsible for fighting drug trafficking and the abuse of illegal substances. It is under the home ministry of India. The major reason for the formation the bureau was to cut down drug trafficking and reduce drug abuse in India. the agency was formed at a time when drug crimes were in peak.

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    FORMED IN: 1986

    AREA OF WORK: Law enforcement and intellignce on drug trafficking

    IMPORTANT OPS: operations in coordination with BSF Punjab border, ops with BSF/AMRY Indo-Myanmar border

    5. DEFENCE INTELLIGENCE AGENCY

    The Defence Intelligence Agency (D.I.A.) is an organisation responsible for providing and coordinating intelligence for the Indian armed forces. They deal only with intelligence realteed to defence and thus differ from RAW in that manner.DIA has control of Indian Army’s prized technical intelligence assets –

    • the Directorate of Signals Intelligence
    • the Defence Image Processing and Analysis Centre (DIPAC).
    While the Signals Directorate is responsible for acquiring and decrypting enemy communications, the DIPAC controls India’s satellite-based image acquisition capabilities. The DIA also controls the Defence Information Warfare Agency (DIWA) which handles all elements of the information warfare repertoire, including psychological operations, cyber-war, electronic intercepts and the monitoring of sound waves.

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    FORMED IN: 2002

    AREA OF WORK: Defence related Intelligence both foreign and domestic

    The DIA reduces the armed forces reliance on civil intelligence agencies.


    6. Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI)

    The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence works according to the directive of the Central Board of Excise and customs(CBEC), in the Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue. This agency works as a free-floater among all the other intelligence units. It provides information to every other department about irregular trades and threats in and outside India. The DRI also keeps a watch on important investigations and helps officials cover legal loopholes at times. The DRI has been instrumental in curbing down India's smuggling rate.


    7.Joint Cipher Bureau

    The Joint Cipher Bureau works closely with the IB and RAW. It is responsible for cryptanalysis and encryption of sensitive data. The inter-services Joint Cipher Bureau has primary responsibility for cryptology and SIGINT, providing coordination and direction to the other military service organizations with similar mission. Most current equipment providing tactical intelligence is of Russian origin, including specialized direction finding and monitoring equipment.

    The Joint Cipher Bureau is also responsible for issues relating to public and private key management. Cryptographic products are export-controlled licensed items, and licenses to India are not generally available for products of key length of more than 56 bits. The domestic Indian computer industry primarily produces PCs, and PC-compatible cryptographic products have been developed and are being used commercially. More robust encryption systems are not commercially produced in India, and progress in this field has been slow due to the general unavailability of technology and know-how. Customised cryptographic products have been designed and produced by organizations in the defense sector are engaged in the implementation of cryptographic techniques, protocols and the products.
     
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    How Two Months of Surveillance Led to Rs 3,500-Crore Heroin Bust

    Kolkata: The seizure of 1,500 kg heroin, touted to be the biggest narcotics bust in the country, was done after closely tracking the movement of the cartel members for over two months.

    According to authorities, the captain of the merchant ship, Suprit Tiwari, came on the radar of the security agencies on May 21 after the arrest of a seaman, Parveen Kumar, from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi for carrying a fake Continuous Discharge Certificate (CDC), also known as the Seaman Service Book (SSB). CDC is a must for seamen and is issued by the authorities in Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.



    Kumar, according to agencies, was about to leave for Iran via Sharjah on an Air Arabia flight. He was to be a seaman with a Panama CDC that was valid till 2021. He broke down during questioning and told the investigators that the fake certificate was given by Tiwari, a captain based in Kolkata.

    He also disclosed that Tiwari was involved in smuggling drugs into the country, sources said. “Since then, various intelligence agencies were keeping a tabs on Suprit and finally he was arrested on Sunday, along with other crew members,” police sources said. Suprit’s brother Sujit, who works with a private firm in Kolkata, has also been detained for questioning.

    The Indian Coast Guard had seized the contraband worth Rs 3,500 crore off the Gujarat shoreline after intelligence reports. Eight crew members — all Indians — were taken into custody.

    The Panama-registered ship, named MV Hennery, was seized after a three-day operation based on intelligence inputs. It was taken to Porbandar on Sunday for further investigation, the Coast Guard said.

    The ship was coming from Iran and was bound for Alang in Gujarat. This is a biggest ever haul of narcotics drugs, transported through sea routes in recent times.

    The vessel was spotted around 380km off Dwarka through surveillance mounted by the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), a government intelligence-gathering agency.


    http://www.news18.com/news/india/ho...to-the-rs-3500-crore-heroin-bust-1477567.html
     
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    NTRO now under Intelligence Act

    Will have same curbs as IB, RAW
    The National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), which reports to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the National Security Advisor (NSA) will now have the same “norms of conduct” as the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW).

    The Home Ministry issued a notification on May 15 listing NTRO under The Intelligence Organisations (Restriction of Rights) Act, 1985, a demand being made by the organisation for over a decade now.

    Few strictures

    The Act prevents employees of a notified agency from forming unions/associations, puts restrictions on the employee’s freedom of speech, bars any communication with the press, or publishing a book or other document without the permission of the head of the intelligence organisation.

    Both IB and R&AW have on earlier occasions opposed the inclusion of any other organisation in the list of monitoring agencies under the Act.

    In 2012, the Home Ministry under the UPA government had declined to give phone surveillance powers to NTRO arguing that it was not notified under the Act.

    The NTRO was created after the 1999 Kargil conflict as a dedicated technical intelligence agency.

    It has been fighting tooth and nail to get included in the list as it has the right to lawfully intercept and monitor communications externally.

    Many security agencies like the National Investigation Agency (NIA), the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) among others have been asking the Home Ministry to include them under the Intelligence Organisations Act.

    “In the schedule to the Intelligence Organisations (Restriction of Rights) Act, 1985 after serial number 3 and the entries relating thereto, the following shall be inserted namely-The National Technical Research Organisation,” the notification issued by the Home Ministry said.

    Interception powers

    An NTRO official told The Hindu that the amendment had nothing to do with enhanced interception powers but to “bring certain norms of conduct applicable to other intelligence agencies.” The official said the Act does not allow them to intercept phones internally.

    NTRO hires many people from the private sector and the Act means they will have the same safety net and restrictions available to other spy agencies.

    “The Official Secrets Act is already applicable to NTRO employees. We have restrictions about getting involved in political activities in the country among other things. We only make external intrusions,” said the NTRO official.

    Another official said, “We are also working for the country. No one seems to recognise that. The notification will bring that respect and sanctity to our work.”


    http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/ntro-now-under-intelligence-act/article18475771.ece
     
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    650 new combat posts for better intelligence gathering at border approved

    The centre has given its nod for setting up 650 combat posts for better intelligence gathering. This would add strength to the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), the force guarding India's borders with Nepal and Bhutan. Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) personnel take part in passing out parade at their training headquarters in Chandukhedi near Bhopal. Photo credit: PTI This unit would help anticipate threats and also assist the SSB which is the lead intelligence agency for the Indo-Nepal and Indo-Bhutan borders. The SSB guards the two borders where there are no restrictions on the movement of people on either side. The area under the SSB jurisdiction comprises densely populated foothills and plains, thick jungles, underdeveloped regions and inhospitable terrains. An official statement from the government said, "There is trans-border movement of criminals and anti-national elements and it poses a major challenge on the border in the context of the visa-free regime. Most of the stretches of the border are infested with ISI activists, insurgent groups, Maoists, fundamentalists, smugglers of narcotics, arms and fake currency, and human traffickers." The SSB had earlier sent a proposal to the Ministry of Home Affairs for setting up an intelligence unit to strengthen the efficiency and operational mandate of the

    Read more at: http://www.oneindia.com/india/650-n...nce-gathering-at-border-approved-2495059.html
     
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    How 'Operation Pigeon' prevented Kerala Muslims from joining ISIS

    "Operation Pigeon." This is the name given to an operation that is being carried out by the Kerala police, Central Intelligence Bureau and the National Investigating Agency to prevent the youth of Kerala from joining the Islamic State. The operation was launched following the incident in which over 20 youth slipped out of Kerala and joined the IS in Afghanistan. This incident caused a great amount of concern among the security agencies who then went on to form a special squad to stop the menace.

    Under Operation Pigeon, the first step was to gain control over the social media. The officers scanned thousands of accounts of those persons who were showing interest in joining the ISIS or any other terrorist group. The team focused largely in and around Kasargod.

    The team then met with community elders and parent of the youth. The parents and the elders were very responsive, officials said. One officer part of the operation informed OneIndia that these youth who were identified as vulnerable were counselled by the elders, parents and the police. The session on counselling was overseen by the team comprising the Intelligence Bureau and the National Investigating Agency.

    The team then met with community elders and parent of the youth. The parents and the elders were very responsive, officials said. One officer part of the operation informed OneIndia that these youth who were identified as vulnerable were counselled by the elders, parents and the police. The session on counselling was overseen by the team comprising the Intelligence Bureau and the National Investigating Agency.

    Read more at: http://www.oneindia.com/india/how-o...kerala-muslims-from-joining-isis-2481637.html
     
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    Gujarat coast drug haul: Pak villains sent shipment from Gwadar port in Balochistan


    A coast guard investigation into a massive 1,500-kg heroin haul off Gujarat coast last week points to the involvement of Pakistani nationals in sending the shipment from the Chinese-controlled Gwadar port in Balochistan.

    Sources said authorities are also trying to ascertain if the consignment seized in the country's largest-ever drugs catch was part of a terror network and the money earned could have been used to fuel anti-India operations in the region.

    "Preliminary investigations suggest that narcotics were embarked off Gwadar (port in Pakistan) in about three boats. From there it proceeded to Abu Dhabi wherein extensive work was carried out in the engine room and the fittings to conceal the narcotics," Coast Guard's inspector general of operations S Parmesh told Mail Today.

    The Gwadar port in Pakistan has been built recently by the Chinese and is controlled and operated by Beijing for both military and merchant seafaring.

    Senior government sources said interrogation of the eight Indian crew members of the ship 'Hennry' apprehended with the Rs 3,500-crore drugs revealed that a Pakistani national, Khalid Mohammed, and an Iranian called Mustafa had helped load the narcotics in Abu Dhabi.

    "Welders and cutters were provided to the crew to modify the cabins and conceal the drugs in such a way that even if the ship was checked, it would have become difficult for the agencies to find it," the sources said. Knowing about the risk involved in travelling with the ship, the two kingpins disembarked in Abu Dhabi before the ship set sail towards Indian waters, headed to Alang.

    Experts say Pakistan's drug smuggling network is inextricably linked with other illegal operations, including terrorism. India has sought to prevent the trafficking of narcotics into the country, alongside a larger push to improve coastal security following the 2008 Mumbai terror strike that saw the attackers sneak in through the sea route.

    The origin of the heroin consignment is believed to be in Afghanistan from where it was brought to Gwadar.

    "From Alang, the 1,526 packets of heroin could have reached different parts of India and to Southeast Asian countries as well," the sources said.

    The National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO) also played a key role in the operation as its sleuths picked up the calls between the crew of the ship and their handlers before tipping off the Coast Guard.

    The Coast Guard, which takes care of the western waters, carried out an extensive operation by deploying several ships and Dornier surveillance aircraft to track the suspect vessel.

    After an extensive search, Coast Guard Ship Samudra Pavak had intercepted and apprehended the Panama-registered vessel off the coast of Gujarat, official sources said Sunday.

    Intelligence inputs received on July 17 indicated the presence of an Iranian cargo vessel Prince-II about 210 miles west of Porbandar, which is not inside Indian waters. The vessel was expected to make a landing between Jamnagar and Bhavnagar on the Saurashtra coast.

    Thereafter, Indian Coast Guard centres at Mumbai, Gandhinagar and Porbandar were activated, ICG ships alerted and Dornier aircraft sorties undertaken to track down the vessel. Air surveillance narrowed down on two inbound cargo vessels, which were intercepted and detained on July 26 for investigation at Okha port.

    In the meantime, a Dornier aircraft sanitising the area near Gulf of Khambhat picked up another vessel that was not recognised on the Automatic Identification System and was marked suspicious. ICGS Samudra Pavak was diverted to intercept the vessel Henry.

    When quizzed, the master of the ship said the vessel had no documents as it was headed to the Alang ship-breaking yard in Bhavnagar to be broken. The vessel was subsequently detained and was tugged to the Porbandar port on Sunday where the authorities during inspection found the vessel to be carrying 1,500 kg of heroin.

    http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/...ipment-gwadar-port-balochistan/1/1017518.html
     
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    Defence Intelligence Agency authorised to get black money details from FIU

    NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 19:
    The Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), a snoop-arm under the Defence Ministry, has been authorised to get details relating to suspected international wire transfers and banking transactions from Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).

    The move is aimed at arming the DIA with necessary details to act against terror funding and hawala transactions, mainly in Jammu and Kashmir and in the North-Eastern States of the country, officials said today.

    The DIA is expected to generate more action-oriented inputs to check financial crimes on the basis of analysis of FIU reports, the officials said.

    The Defence Intelligence Agency, set up following the recommendations of the Kargil Committee headed by eminent strategic expert K Subrahmanyam, provides technical inputs to the Defence Ministry and other agencies concerned.

    The DIA is the latest entrant in the list of 20 other organisations, including the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) to check black money and the country’s external and internal snooping agencies Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and Intelligence Bureau (IB) respectively, that are empowered to seek details from the FIU on dubious financial transactions, as per an official order.

    The FIU is tasked with collecting, analysing and disseminating information related to financial transactions suspected to be black money or proceeds of crime.

    It receives and analyses Cash Transaction Reports (CTRs), Cross Border Wire Transfer Reports (CBWTRs), Reports on Purchase or Sale of Immovable Property (IPRs) and Suspicious Transaction Reports (STRs) from various reporting entities.

    The FIU also shares information with Enforcement Directorate (ED), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), National Investigation Agency (NIA), Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), National Intelligence Grid (Natgrid) Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB) and other agencies.

    http://www.thehindubusinessline.com...ack-money-details-from-fiu/article9550653.ece
     
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    Parliamentary panel raps intelligence agencies for failure to prevent terror attacks


    New Delhi:
    A parliamentary panel has rapped intelligence agencies for the terror attacks in Pathankot, Uri and a few other places saying these strikes “exposed the deficiencies” of the agencies but there was no analysis of their “failure”.

    The parliamentary standing committee on home affairs, headed by senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram, said a year had passed since the 2 January, 2016 terror attack at the Indian Air Force station in Pathankot but the probe has not been completed by the National Investigation Agency.

    Moreover, it said, no analysis seems to have been done of the “failure” of the intelligence agencies to provide credible and actionable inputs regarding the attacks at Pathankot, Uri, Pampore, Baramulla and Nagrota.

    “The committee feels that these attacks have exposed the deficiencies of our intelligence agencies,” it said.

    While in the Pathankot attack, seven security personnel were killed, 19 army soldiers lost their lives in the attack at the Brigade headquarters in Uri on September 18 last year. Terrorists also attacked a convoy of CRPF vehicles on 25 June, 2016 at Pampore along

    the Srinagar-Jammu highway, killing eight paramilitary personnel.

    While in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, militants attacked a camp of the Rashtriya Rifles killing a security personnel on 3 October, 2016, seven soldiers were killed when an army base in Nagrota in the state was attacked by militants on 29 November, 2016.

    “The committee, therefore, recommends that the (home) ministry should instruct the NIA to complete the investigations of these attacks at the earliest so as to identify the loopholes in the intelligence setup in the border areas,” it said.

    Taking note of “huge rise” in the number of infiltration, the committee said the government must carry out a thorough investigation into the sudden spurt in infiltration attempts along the Line of Control from across the border and find out vulnerabilities that are being apparently exploited by the infiltrators. There were 364 attempts of infiltration in 2016 of which 112 were successful in comparison to 121 infiltration attempts and 33 net infiltration in 2015.

    The committee also noted that there has been an increasing number of incidents of infiltration through tunnels from across the border. The panel felt that in future this might become a major modus operandi of the infiltrators and the government must take proactive steps to foil such attempts.

    “The committee recommends that the ministry must explore technological solutions for tunnel detection in border areas and should seek the help of other countries which have successfully developed tunnel detection systems,” it said.

    http://www.livemint.com/Politics/By...raps-intelligence-agencies-for-failure-t.html
     
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    The Controversial National Counter Terrorism Centre With Far-Reaching Powers Is All Set To Be Revived

    The National Counter Terrorism Centre that was earlier blocked by states like Gujarat, West Bengal and Odisha, is being revived, top officials of Ministry Home Affairs (MHA) have told
    HuffPost India.

    The NCTC, mooted in the aftermath of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, was to be one-stop-counter-terror body of India. The proposed NCTC had powers to gather intelligence, carry out counter-terror operations and investigate terror attacks.


    For this purpose, the Multi-Agency Centre (MAC) – an intelligence sharing platform that operates under the Intelligence Bureau – and the National Investigative Agency (NIA) was to be subsumed into the NCTC. The NIA was to be restructured as the investigative arm of the NCTC and the MAC reorganized as the intelligence arm of the counter terror body.


    State governments had been apprehensive of the investigative and operational powers of the NCTC and had therefore pointed to possible "political misuse" by the centre against the states. And, although the Manmohan Singh-led UPA Government toned down powers of NCTC, it failed to convince the states.


    Those who opposed the NCTC then included West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, then Chief Minister of Gujarat and now Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Odisha Chief Minister Navin Patnaik.

    Issues of law and order and policing are the domain of individual state governments as per the Constitution of India. Opposing the NCTC, the states had said the investigative powers of the body violated the federal structure of the Indian Constitution.


    MHA sources said that NCTC will be under the Union Home Ministry. "We will try and convince states that they will be equal partners in combating terrorism," the officer said.

    A mother database
    The other crucial arm of the NCTC – the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) is also nearly complete, sources said. The NATGRID is a mother data base comprising 22 separate data bases like driving licences, passport details, bank accounts, income tax, foreign travel etc. is also ready. The NATGRID links all these data bases that are now kept separately.

    There are concerns about the NATGRID, too. Opponents point to possible violation of privacy and misuse. "The NATGRID will manage and hold the data, they cannot access the data. The data can only be accessed by the investigative agencies," the officer said.

    MHA sources said that the ministry will soon start process of moving the Union Cabinet. After the Union Cabinet clears the proposal, South Block will again have to start the process of getting states on board.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2017/0...ter-terrorism-centre-with-far-rea_a_22037095/

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    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.

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