The state government has decided to completely overhaul State Intelligence department. Apart from changing the designation of Additional Director General (Intelligence) to Director (Intelligence) the government has reportedly planned to take it out of supervisory control of DGP headquarters.
The decision is being taken in view of utter intelligence failure in Dantewada (Chattisgarh) where Maoists mowed down 75 CRPF personnel.
Highly placed sources told HT that Principal Secretary (Home) Kunwar Fathebahadur would preside over a meeting here on Saturday to give final shape to overhauling proposal.
Sources said the state set up was being developed on the pattern of Intelligence Bureau (IB). While the IG (Intelligence) would be re-named as Joint Director (Intelligence), similar changes in nomenclature are also in the offing at the lower level at Intelligence headquarters here and in the districts.
“The revamp in the department is long overdue,” said a senior Intelligence officer. Immediately after December 2008 terrorists’ attack on CRPF camp in Rampur the government had announced an elaborate plan for changing the intelligence set up. However even after lapse of one-and-half-year there was no progress in the matter.
“The proposal is in cold storage”, said the officer.
Since the Intelligence department is considered as dumping ground in the police the state government had decided to raise an independent cadre who could dedicate to the job properly and professionally.
Funding is also major problem in Intelligence wing. Proper intelligence gathering is still a major issue with the police. The former UP DGP VKB Nair, who had also been ADG (Intelligence) told HT over phone that the Home department and DGP headquarters had been spending money earmarked for this purpose on “entertainment”. He said small portion of it was going to the districts. Apart from the government the ADG (Intelligence) has been reporting to DGP, which made the set up a subordinate body to DGP headquarters. Nair said the department was in a mess because of poor infrastructure.