Current Affairs, 13-07-2020, NATGRID
The National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) to access the centralised online database on FIRs and stolen vehicles.
The project in the pipeline for a decade and envisaged first under then Home Minister P. Chidambaram in 2009, has got a renewed push under Home Minister Amit Shah.
Initiated at a budget of ₹2,800 crore, it will be a medium for at least 10 Central agencies such as the Intelligence Bureau and the Research and Analysis Wing to access data on a secured platform. The data will be procured by NATGRID from 21 organisations such as the telecom, tax records, bank, immigration etc.
Another official claimed that the information accessed by one agency through the grid will not be accessible to any other agency. “It will be an automated system and the request will land directly with the concerned department. No two agencies would know about the request generated by the other.”
The official said NATGRID will act as a link between intelligence and investigation agencies.