Centralised ICT Control Centre For Intelligence Agencies Of India

Intelligence agencies of India need streamlining. There are numerous intelligence agencies operating in India. However, there is no “Centralised Command” for the same. This results in an anomaly as there is no single authority to whom all of them can report and share their intelligence and other inputs. The worst part is that the acts and omissions of these intelligence agencies are not governed by any legal framework. In short, the intelligence agencies have no clear cut direction, guidance and control. Time has come to create a good and effective “Intelligence Infrastructure” in India. Perry4Law recommends that a “Centralised ICT Control System” must be established by the Home Ministry of India under the guidance of Mr. P.Chidambaram.

Internal security and national security issues of India are complicated to be tackled. This problem has further been goaded in the dearth of a suitable ICT Policy for National Security issues in India. The scornful collapse of the e-governance projects in India has put at rest the empty claims of Indian government to use ICT for national security purposes.

Even the ICT Trends of India 2009 have exposed that Indian efforts regarding reformation of legal, judicial, administrative, law enforcement, intelligence agencies functions, etc through application of ICT have faced grave failures in the year 2009. There is also little hope that the same would be revived in the year 2010. On what basis the government of India (GOI) would use ICT for national and internal security of India is still an unresolved issue.

According to Praveen Dalal, the leading Techno-Legal Expert of India and Managing Partner of Perry4Law, “Intelligence agency of a country plays an important role in its internal and external security. There must be a “Centralised ICT Control System” to govern intelligence agencies if there are more than one. If there are numerous intelligence agencies working for different government departments, there is a possibility of lack of coordination and inadequate and inappropriate information sharing. Nothing can be more beneficial than a “Centralised ICT Control Centre” for the Indian National and Internal Security.

The government of India has yet to enact suitable laws governing intelligence agencies on the one hand and set up a centralised “Control System” for them on the other. India must give up the practice of achieving goals on paper only and must be truthful and accountable to its commitments. Let us wish that GOI would come up with effectual and reliable national security actions concerning the suggestions provided by experts in this regard.