With the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) stuck following opposition from the Trinamool Congress and NDA-ruled states, the government will go full steam on setting up the National Intelligence Grid (Natgrid).
In his budget proposals tabled in Parliament on Friday, finance
minister Pranab Mukherjee proposed to give Natgrid its first big dose of resources—R364 crore—to meet its deadline.
Government sources said a larger part of this allocation would be spent for installing the basic infrastructure for the information grid.
The allocation was part of the Rs. 31,414 crore—a meagre rise of 8% over last year’s revised estimates – earmarked for 18 organisations and projects of the internal security establishment such as the Intelligence Bureau (IB) where the controversial NCTC would be anchored.
Mukherjee did not earmark any separate funds for the NCTC or significantly raise funding for IB. As against the Rs. 956 crore spent by IB this fiscal, Mukherjee proposed Rs. 1073 crore for the bureau.