New Delhi: A US-type National Counter
Terrorism Centre (NCTC), which will collect and disseminate
terror-related information and monitor dubious financial
transactions, is likely to come for Union Cabinet`s approval
in December this year.
The Home Ministry which has planned it to be operational
in the country in the next five years, is likely to moot the
proposal before the cabinet in December.
"We have a long-term plan for a dedicated security
network. We are planning to convert MAC (Multi-Agency Centre)
into full-fledged NCTC in next five years," a senior Home
Ministry official said.
Home Minister P Chidambaram had said "If the US can have
a National Counter-Terrorism Centre, why can`t we have one in
India which will enhance our security and efficiency".
NCTC serves as the primary organisation in the US for
integrating and analysing all intelligence pertaining to
The MAC, which was strengthened following the Mumbai
attacks, has started serving as the nodal centre for
collecting and disseminating intelligence in India.
The recommendation for setting up the NCTC was made by
the task force on "developing an integrated capability to
address internal security challenges" headed by National
Security Adviser M K Narayanan.