Three years after its inception, National Investigation Agency is all set to expand its wings by opening three new offices and increasing the organisation strength from the existing 400 to nearly 900.
The NIA was set up in the aftermath of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks following an Act passed by the Parliament and is entrusted with cases related to terror.
The government has decided to create nearly 500 more posts raising the strength of the counter-terror agency to 900 besides opening offices in Lucknow, Kochi and Mumbai, officials said, adding that the Home Ministry proposal received a cabinet nod recently.
The process to recruit new personnel -- both direct recruit as well as on deputations -- will be started soon.
"We got the sanction for new posts. We have also received approval for opening three new offices in Lucknow, Kochi and Mumbai," a senior official said.
The need for opening up of offices in the three cities was felt as Uttar Pradesh is being used by terrorists to infiltrate from Nepal. The state's porous border with Nepal is also being used for smuggling fake Indian currency notes into the country.
Mumbai, being a commercial capital of the country, has been often made terror target while Kerala is being used by some terror groups as a recruitment ground for overground workers who indulge in reconnaissance and hawala rackets.