New Delhi: Three years after its inception,
National Investigation Agency is all set to expand its wings
by opening three new offices and increasing the organisation
strength from existing 400 to nearly 900.
The NIA was set up in the aftermath of 2008 Mumbai terror
attacks following an Act passed by the Parliament and is
entrusted with cases related to terror.
The government has decided to create nearly 500 more
posts raising the strength of the counter-terror agency to 900
besides opening offices in Lucknow, Kochi and Mumbai,
officials said, adding that the Home Ministry proposal
received a cabinet nod recently.
The process to recruit new personnel -- both direct
recruit as well as on deputations -- will be started soon.
"We got the sanction for new posts. We have also received
approval for opening three new offices in Lucknow, Kochi and
Mumbai," a senior official said.
The need for opening up of offices in the three cities
was felt as Uttar Pradesh is being used by terrorists to
infiltrate from Nepal. The state`s porous border with Nepal is
also being used for smuggling fake Indian currency notes into
Mumbai, being a commercial capital of the country, has
been often made terror target while Kerala is being used by
some terror groups as a recruitment ground for over ground
workers who carried of reconnaissance and also indulged in
Currently, the NIA staff strength is around 400 personnel
which include one Director General, one Special Director
General, two Inspector Generals, eight Deputy Inspector
Generals and 14 SPs.
The new sanctioned posts include IGs, DIGs and SPs and
they would help in strengthening the organisation, which has
been facing problem due to insufficient staff.
The NIA presently has its headquarters in New Delhi and
two branch offices in Guwahati and Hyderabad and a sub-office
"Full-fledged three new offices will also help the NIA in
its various probe and coordinate with state and Central
security agencies," the official said.
Ever since its formation, the NIA has so far taken over
28 cases, including eight in 2011.
The major cases the NIA is probing include the September
7 blast near the Delhi High Court, the 2006 and 2007 blasts in
Malegaon and 2007 blast in Ajmer Sharif Dargah.