Tue. Dec 6th, 2022
Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurates National Intelligence Grid in Bengaluru.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) Bengaluru premises on Tuesday. The Chief Minister of Karnataka, Basavaraj Bommai, the Home Minister of Karnataka, Araga Gyanendra, the Union Minister of State for Home, Nishith Pramanik and the Union Home Secretary were also present at the inauguration ceremony.

NATGRID has been conceived to develop cutting edge technology to enhance India’s counter terror capabilities.

The Union Home Minister said “security requirements today have changed significantly as compared to the earlier security challenges in terms of data, scope and complexity. Therefore, there is a need for legal and security agencies to have automated, secure and immediate access to information obtained from reliable sources.”

The Government has entrusted the task of developing and operating a state-of-the-art and innovative information technology platform for accessing information from the data collection organizations to NATGRID.

The Home Minister said that the Union Government will soon be developing a national database to monitor hawala transactions, terrorist funding, counterfeit currency, narcotics, bomb threats, illegal arms smuggling and other terrorist activities. 

He said intelligence and legal agencies should now be able to make full use of them with the barriers to critical data being removed. With the help of data analytics and information technology, there should be a paradigm shift in the current way of working of agencies.

The Union Home Minister said NATGRID should have an in-built mechanism for continuous upgradation. There should be a study group in NATGRID to create a database of modus operandi of various crimes committed within the country. 

The Home Minister said that the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) is implementing NATGRID in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a self-reliant India. 

He said for quick and effective analysis information should not be kept in silos, as it does not result in the analysis of information and getting it properly done in time. 

The Home Minister said that for analysis of information, it is important that accessible, affordable, available, accountable and actionable points are kept in mind. 

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