File photo of the scene at Opera House, one of the three places where serial bomb blasts claimed 27 lives and injured more than 130 people in Mumbai on July 13, 2011. UNI PHOTO
File photo of the scene at Opera House, one of the three places where serial bomb blasts claimed 27 lives and injured more than 130 people in Mumbai on July 13, 2011. UNI PHOTO
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Anti-terror agency NCTC to start functioning from March 1

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, February 6, 2012

The Government today said the the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) would start functioning from March 1 with the mandate to plan and coordinate actions for counter terrroism and powers to make arrests and conduct search operations.
The agency is meant to be the single and effective point of control and coordination of all counter terrorism measures in the country.
An order issued today said the NCTC would derive its powers from the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), under which Central government agencies can make arrests or conduct searchs in terrorism-related cases.
The NCTC will be located in the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and its head shall be called Director, NCTC and shall be an officer in the rank of Additional Director, IB.
The NCTC shall have a core staff drawn from the personnel of the IB or directly recruited to the IB and posted in the NCTC. The NCTC shall also have officers on deputation/secondment from other agencies such as R&AW, JIC, NTRO, DIA, DGMI, DAI, DNI, CEIB, CBDT, NCB and so on.
The agency will have three divisions, each headed by an officer in the rank of Joint Director, IB or equivalent rank. The three divisions will be responsible for collection and dissemination of intelligence, analysis and operations.
The duties and functions of the NCTC shall be:
i)     to draw up plans and coordinate actions for counter terrorism;
ii)    to integrate intelligence pertaining to terrorism; analyse the same; pursue or mandate other agencies to pursue the different leads; and to coordinate with the existing agencies for an effective response;
iii)   to maintain a comprehensive data base of terrorists and their associates, families and supporters; of terrorist modules and gangs; and of all information pertaining to terrorists;
iv)   to prescribe counter terrorism priorities for each stakeholder;
v)    to ensure that all agencies have access to and receive source intelligence support that is necessary to execute counter terrorism plans and accomplish their assigned taks;
vi)   to coordinate with existing investigation and intelligence agencies to ensure that all terrorist cases are solved and the perpetrators are brought to justice; and
vii)  to prepare daily threat assessment reviews and disseminate them to the appropriate levels in the Central Government and to the State Governments.
"The officers of the Operations division of the NCTC shall have the power to arrest and the power to search under Section 43A of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967," the order said.
NCTC shall have the power to set up Inter-State Intelligence Support Teams (INSIST) and to requisition the services of the National Security Guard or any other special forces.
The NCTC shall, for the purposes of discharging its functions under the order, have the power to seek information, including documents, reports, transcripts, cyber information and information of every other kind in whatever form from any agency furnishing or obliged to furnish such information. The agency furnishing or obliged to furnish the information may do so under such conditions of confidentiality as may be reasonable in the circumstances of the case, it said.
There shall be a Standing Council consisting of the Director, NCTC, the three Joint Directors, NCTC and the heads of the Anti-Terrorist Organisation or Force in each State. It will ensure that the NCTC is the single and effective point of control and coordination of all counter terrorism measures.
The Multi-Agency Centre, set up after a review of the internal security systems in the aftermath of the Kargil conlict, shall be subsumed in and be a part of the NCTC.
The Second Administrative Reforms Commission in its report titled "Combating Terrorism" submitted in June 2008 had recommended that the Multi-Agency Centre should be converted into a National Centre for Counter Terrorism with personnel drawn from different intelligence and security agencies.
A review of the current architecture of counter terrorism had revealed several gaps and deficiencies and a need was felt for an agency like the NCTC.
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