New Delhi: Home Minister P Chidambaram's pet project, the NCTC or the National Counter Terrorism Centre agency, was conceived after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Originally meant to be commissioned on March 1, it hit the pause button after fierce opposition from a group of CMs who wrote to the Prime Minister.
What the NCTC is all about
The NCTC, to be located within the Intelligence Bureau, will carry out counter-terror operations and collect, collate and disseminate data on terrorism.
It will sift through intelligence shared by different agencies like the Intelligence Bureau, and will have the power to conduct searches and arrests in any part of India.
States have objected to the NCTC, saying that the agency has sweeping powers that violate the autonomy of state governments.
The NCTC will be headed by a Director and the agency will report to the Home Ministry.