National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) of India is a very ambitious Intelligence Gathering and Processing mechanism. NATGRID Project of India has gone through numerous stages and finally it is ready to be rolled out. However, from the very beginning NATGRID Project has not been implemented in a coherent and systematic manner due to internal turf wars and bureaucratic hurdles.
There is no doubt that NATGRID Project of India is of tremendous importance for the National Security of India on the one hand and Law Enforcement and Intelligence Requirements on the others. In fact, NATGRID is an essential part of the Law Enforcement Technologies in India.
NATGRID Project of India is not by itself “Intelligence Related Project” but a Project to facilitate Law Enforcement and Intelligence related inputs. Its purpose is to transform raw intelligence information and inputs in a more meaningful “Intelligence Lead”.
The present times is a time of do or die for NATGRID Project. This is more so when its counterpart Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) Project of India is performing much better.
Enough time has already been wasted for the implementation of NATGRID Project and it is high time to deliver results. Once this is successfully done, the way to constitute National Counter Terrorism Centre of India would also be clear. I hope and wish that NATGRID Project of India would be operational very soon.