Saturday, December 26, 2009

Perry4Law Suggested A Centralised ICT Control Mechanism For Intelligence Agencies Of India

National Security issues of India are too complicated to be resolved immediately. The problem has further been aggravated in the absence of a suitable ICT Policy for National Security issues of India. The sardonic failure of the e-governance projects in India has put at rest the hollow claims of Indian government to use ICT for national security purposes.

Even the ICT Trends of India 2009 have shown that Indian efforts regarding streamlining legal, judicial, administrative, law enforcement, intelligence agencies functions, etc through use of ICT have received serious setbacks in the year 2009. There is also little hope that the same would be rejuvenated in the year 2010. On what basis the government of India (GOI) would use ICT for national and internal security of India is still a big question.

According to Praveen Dalal, the leading Techno-Legal Expert of India and Managing Partner of Perry4Law, “Intelligence agency of a country plays an important role in its internal and external security. There must be a “Centralised ICT Control System” to govern intelligence agencies if there are more than one. If there are numerous intelligence agencies working for different government departments, there is a possibility of lack of coordination and inadequate and inappropriate information sharing. Nothing can be more beneficial than a “Centralised ICT Control Centre” for the Indian National and Internal Security.

The government of India has still to enact suitable laws governing intelligence agencies on the one hand and establish a centralised “Control System” for them on the other. India must forsake the practice of achieving targets on paper only and must be honest with and accountable to its commitments. Let us hope that GOI would come up with effective and authoritative national security measures regarding the suggestions provided by experts in this regard.