What is “NATGRID”? Why it is useful?

  • NATGRID is a National Intelligence Grid which is a part of the intelligence and security framework of India initiated by the former home minister P. Chidambaram in 2009. NATGRID was proposed to be created aftermath of 26/11 Mumbai attack in 2008.
  • In 2020 NATGRID & NCRB (National Crime Recors Bureau) signed a MoU which will give access to FIRS and reports of stolen vehicles to NATGRID. NATGRID will be a centralised data access solutions for security and intelligence agencies.
  • It will be a intelligence sharing network that collates data from various agencies and ministries of the Indian government.

Who will have access to NATGRID?

  • CBI (Central Bureau Of Investigation)
  • CBDT (Central Board of Direct Taxes)
  • DRI (Directorate of Revenue Intelligence)
  • ED (Enforcement Directorate)
  • CS (Cabinet Secretariat)
  • IB (Intelligence Bureau)
  • NCB (National Crime Bureau)
  • NIA (National Intelligence Agency)
  • FIA (Financial Intelligence Unit)
  • CBIT (Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Customs)
  • DGGI (Director General of GST Intelligence)

How it will work?

It will be connected to 10 user agencies and 21 service providers in first phase, with an additional 950 entities joining in later phases.