Intelligence agencies must be ready for any emergency, says Kiren Rijiju

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Kiren Rijiju, MOS homeUnion Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has said that the Indian intelligence agencies need to “pull up their socks” and learn a lot from the terror attack at Pathankot Air Base in January.

Addressing ‘The Gateways of India Dialogue’ in Mumbai on 14 June, Rijiju emphasised on the importance of coordination between various security agencies in sharing information for curbing cybercrime and terrorism.

Commenting on threat by Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) outfit, Rijiju said India needn’t worry about it. “When some youths left India to join ISIS, it is their parents and the Muslim society at large which have been instrumental in persuading them to get back,” he added.

The minister also admitted that the government failed to take forward the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID), conceived by former home minister P Chidambaram in the wake of 26/11 attacks.

Aimed at strengthening India’s counter-terrorism capabilities, the NATGRID requires combining 21 databases relating to banks, credit cards, cellphone usage, immigration records, motor vehicle registrations, income tax records among others into a single database for access by authorised officers from RAW, IB, CBI, and ED.