The National Intelligence Grid, or NATGRID, is set to be launched by India’s Prime Minister shortly, with the goal of providing “leading-edge technology to strengthen India’s counter-terror capabilities.” The ambitious electronic database is currently undergoing final “synchronisation and testing” before going live. At least ten key agencies, including the IB, R&AW, and others, will have access to the data in order to conduct counter-terrorism investigations.
It would also get access to India’s 14,000 police stations’ Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems, including FIRs. Unlike the NCTC and the NIA, which are both central institutions, the NATGRID is simply a platform that allows security authorities to seek and collect important information on terror suspects from pooled data sets from diverse businesses and services around the country. It will aid in the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of terrorists, as well as in the prevention of terror plans. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) and the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) were both formed in the aftermath of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The NATGRID data recovery centre is located in Bengaluru. Under Section 24 sub-section (2), NATGRID is excluded from the Right to Information Act, 2005. The project was scheduled to be online on December 31, 2020, but it was delayed owing to COVID-19.
Source: The Hindu