All intelligence alerts are actionable: PM

January 6th, 2009 - 4:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Manmohan SinghNew Delhi, Jan 6 (IANS) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Tuesday rejected the notion that intelligence provided by various agencies was not actionable, saying “all intelligence produced is actionable”.”Complaints are often heard that the intelligence provided by the agencies is not actionable. All intelligence produced is actionable, though it may not always be specific,” the prime minister said while addressing a conference of chief ministers here on internal security.

The action taken on the intelligence agencies “depends on the capability and ingenuity of those who assess the information to further develop and convert the fragmentary pieces of intelligence into a complete whole and for those who have to act on it to possibly pursue each and every lead,” Manmohan Singh maintained.

“What I would add is that we need better intelligence and perhaps, more importantly, sophisticated assessment and analysis of the intelligence available,” he added.

At the same, he pointed to the need for getting information early in time and for the setting up of an elaborate information system at the village, block and district level “to report on any and all untoward events and incidents”.

Noting that mobile phones today provide opportunities for easy communication, the prime minister said: “Even our fishermen out at sea can use mobile telephones to report any untoward incident in our territorial waters.

“We must understand that no counter-terrorist action can hope to succeed unless it is based on the cooperation of the community and hence the importance of an expanded community policing system. I would request the chief ministers to personally attend to this,” Manmohan Singh maintained.

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