Indian government's ambitious intelligence gathering project National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) will be up and running in four months before the end of UPA-II term, reports Economic Times. The initial stage could involve the "real-time linking" of data between various agencies through the NATGRID platform, according to the publication. The project may link Central databases with crime records available with the police to kickstart operations and later proceed with analysing the data to detect and act against terrorist activities. NATGRID was set up by the government in the aftermath of Mumbai attacks at an estimated cost of Rs 4,000-5,000 crore to enable monitoring of terrorist operations through existing banking, finance and transportation networks. Various ministries and departments, called provider agencies, that hold 21 categories of citizen database like bank account details, telephone records, passport data and vehicle registration details, are supposed to be linked and…
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