New Delhi: With an aim of developing an independent body to counter terrorism, the government on Monday decided to operationalise from March 1 its ambitions National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), a body meant to coordinate operations against terror groups.

The anti-terror body has the powers to collect and analyze terror information and carry out investigations accordingly. Moreover, alongwith having a separate wing for operations, it will have the independency to requisite services from another security agencies including National Security Guards (NSG).

"It shall have the power to arrest and power to search under Section 43A of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. Besides it will have the power to operate across the country," the Union Home Ministry notification said.

Notably, there is also a provision for a Standing Committee within the anti-terror body that will constitute three other directors besides the chief director of NCTC and chiefs of major anti-terror bodies at state level. They will hold important meetings and controversial issues will be resolved in the proposed committee.

Presently, the NCTC will work under Intelligence Bureau (IB) and proposal to make it a separate entity is under consideration.

Notably, this is the second such organisation set up by Union Home Minister P Chidambaram post 26/11 after the National Investigation Agency.