• Context:
  • The Centre wants the States to exchange more intelligence through the Multi Agency Centre (MAC), a single counter-terrorism grid run by the Intelligence Bureau (IB) that was established after the Kargil war in 2001.
  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah ordered the Directors General of Police to submit enough information and actionable suggestions through the MAC at a high-level meeting on Monday.
  • About the Multi Agency Centre Against Terrorism:
  • The platform is used by 28 organizations, including the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), the military forces, and state police, and it allows different security agencies to share real-time information feeds.
  • For more than a decade, there have been plans to connect the system to the district level.
  • According to a senior government official, the mechanism exists to communicate information among several agencies, but it is not being used efficiently.
  • “States are frequently hesitant to share data on the platform.
  • There are various gaps in releasing essential information at the proper time which need to be fulfilled in order to effectively fight terrorism in India.
  • Source The Hindu

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