What Is NATGRID?:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is soon expected to launch the National Intelligence Grid or NATGRID that aims to provide a “cutting-edge technology to enhance India’s counter-terror capabilities”.
- Envisaged as a robust mechanism to track suspects, the NATGRID can help in preventing terrorist attacks with real-time data and access to classified information like immigration, banking, individual taxpayers, air and train travels.
- In 2010, the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) had given approval to the Rs 3,400-crore NATGRID project
- It will be a medium for at least 10 Central agencies such as the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) to access data on a secured platform.
- The data will be procured by NATGRID from 21 providing organisations such as the telecom, tax records, bank, immigration etc.