Narendra Modi government keen on infusing fresh blood into National Intelligence Grid

The wheels have started moving on the National Intelligence Grid (Natgrid) again. The ambitious integrated intelligence grid that was set up in the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks ought to have completed three phases by now. But it is still struggling to complete the first phase.

The Modi government now wants to get it on track and home minister Rajnath Singh has given instructions to infuse fresh blood into Natgrid. Both the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) and National Security Advisor (NSA) AK Doval have approved the move.

Natgrid is a brainchild of former union home minister P Chidambaram and was approved by the UPA government. Despite giving its stewardship to a private security expert, Captain Raghu Raman, it failed to move ahead during the Congress regime.

The scheme started losing steam from the time of Sushilkumar Shinde as Union home minister in August 2012. By the end of 2013, most of the 50-odd software experts, who were brought in from reputed companies on handsome salaries, left the project.

Currently, Natgrid has a plush office, with 20-odd people, and is functioning without a head.

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