Thursday, January 12, 2012

Cabinet approves counter-terrorism centre

The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) today approved the Home Ministry's ambitious plan to set up the National Counter-Terrorism Centre.

After the CCS' nod, the NCTC will be the nodal agency for all counter-terrorism activities and intelligence agencies such as Intelligence Bureau (IB), Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) and state intelligence agencies.

These agencies will report to it on matters related to terrorism. The NCTC will then streamline terror-related intelligence, analyse and provide them for action to concerned agencies, official sources said.

It will coordinate with all intelligence agencies and the National Investigation Agency (NIA) will act as the investigation wing.

The NCTC will connects Multi Agency Centre (MAC), which would be subsumed into NCTC, and all agencies reporting to it, in Delhi and state capitals.

Between the Centre, where almost two dozen agencies coordinate with MAC, and states almost 500 stakeholders are involved in counter-terror activities.

The NCTC will not have any foot-soldier to collect information, but will depend on other agencies.

The head of the body, an additional Director General level police officer, will report to the Union Home Secretary.