Kalam for single intelligence body to tackle terror
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam moots the idea of a single intelligency body for the Centre and the states to tackle terror.Updated: May 19, 2008, 22:28 IST
Days after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh suggested a federal agency to tackle terror, former President APJ Abdul Kalam on Monday mooted the idea of a single intelligency body for the Centre and the states for the purpose.
"One single channel intelligence is important for the state and the Centre," Kalam said replying to questions whether he favours tougher laws to curb terrorism or a federal agency be created on the lines of FBI.
Speaking at the annual Rustamji Memorial Lecture organised by the Border Security Force (BSF) here, he also favoured the setting up of an Intergrated Border Management System to make the borders stronger.
He said a network of sensors along with infra-based cameras should be placed at strategic positions along the borders to guard against infiltration.
Kalam also said BSF should consider utilisation of recently launched CARTOSAT-2A satellite designed by ISRO for scene-specific spot imageries with high spatial resolution of better than one metre.
The former President said it was "time to synergise our multiple agencies for forcasting and dealing with terror activities".
Kalam favoured the setting up of National Campaign to Eradicate Terrorism (NCET) to facilitate working together of intelligence and security machinery both at the state and the Centre to curb terrorism.