Government gives go-ahead for Natgrid

June 6th, 2011 - 5:25 pm ICT by IANS  

P. Chidambaram New Delhi, June 6 (IANS) The government Monday gave its nod to the home ministry’s ambitious National Intelligence Grid (Natgrid) proposal that seeks to create a centralised database for sharing of information by security and law enforcement agencies.

“The home ministry gave a detailed briefing and presentation about the project along with safeguards and oversight mechanisms to the members of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) here today (Monday),” said a government official.

The official also said that the CCS has given “in principle approval” for the project and has instructed the home ministry to proceed.

Natgrid, said to be Home Minister P. Chidambaram’s brainchild, will gather information from various government departments and store it at one location.

Access to the data will be given to 11 agencies including the Intelligence Bureau, the Research and Analysis Wing, the Military Intelligence, the Directorate of Air Intelligence, the Directorate of Naval Intelligence, the Revenue Intelligence, the National Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council (NSC).

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