Before three weeks, a pet project of Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, NCTC – National Counter Terrorism Centre got the approval from the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS). And now NCTC will be going to operationalise from March 1.
The country’s specialized anti-terror body will have a Standing Council comprising chiefs of counter-terrorism body. It will have additional power to select ‘elite’ force like NSG for arresting and carry out searches against terrorists under Section 43 (A) of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967.
The NCTC Body which will locate in the Intelligence Bureau will be headed by directors who will be a part of the Standing Council. NCTC will have three parts of units that will be directed by a joint director of Intelligence Bureau. These are collection and dissemination of intelligence; analysis and carry out operations.
At this time, the accurate review over the terrorism activities must be neede. And the body will operate to analyses the threat of terror and also direct other anti-terrorist agency to coordinate with the existing agencies for accessing quick action against terror as an effective response.
As per govt. order, “NCTC will prescribe counter-terrorism priorities for each stakeholder and ensure that all agencies have access to and receive source intelligence support that is necessary to execute counter terrorism plans and accomplish their assigned tasks.’’
The concept of a per project of Chidambaram has been revealed from GoM that had recommended in 2001, the establishment of a Multi-Agency Centre (MAC) in the Intelligence Bureau, whose functions, powers and duties were prescribed in 2008.
And as per the Second Administrative Reforms Commission who had recommended in 2008 that MAC should be converted into NCTC with personnel drawn from different intelligence and security agencies, the govt. has now ordered to review NCTC to operate from 1 March.
Meanwhile the current body of counter-terrorism will help to put central control and coordination of all counter terrorism agencies by maintaining an accurate data which is based on all information related to terrorists and their friends, families, and supporter and of terrorist modules and gangs.