New Delhi: The National Counter Terrorism
Centre (NCTC) is expected to be operationalised by the end of
2011 if a decision on its inception could be taken by this
year-end, Home Minister P Chidambaram said Tuesday.
Addressing a press conference, Chidambaram said the
discussion paper pf NCTC was ready and deliberations have been held in different levels.
"I said that with the hope that a decision would be taken
by the end of this year. Then I am hopeful that the NCTC would be set up within 12 months in comparison to 24 months that the
United States took (for a similar unit). I am still confident
that a decision on NCTC would be taken by the end of the
year," he said.
NCTC will be set up for strengthening the intelligence-
sharing and analysing mechanism in the country.
Referring to proposed National Intelligence Grid
(NATGRID), the Home Minister said its Detailed Project Report
was ready and now the Home Ministry would place it before the Cabinet Committee on Security for approval.
"The DPR is ready. It has been presented to me. Now the
DPR will go to the CCS. The core team has been set up. The
core team is working on the DPR," he said.
The proposed NATGRID -- a world-class integrated national
security database -- will facilitate quick access to
information on an individual -- like details of his/her
banking, insurance, immigration, income tax, telephone and