New Delhi: After months of delay and uncertainty, Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) has given its nod for National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID). NATGRID would be a repository of information ranging from train and air journey to Income Tax and bank accounts of individuals.

NATGRID would facilitate sharing of such information with law enforcement agencies to combat terror threat as and when required.

The NATGRID will have access to about 21 categories of database like railway and air travel, income tax, bank account details, credit card transactions, visa and immigration records.

The clearance came on Monday after a detailed briefing and presentation about the NATGRID during the CCS meeting.  If the allied projects meet their deadlines, the NATGRID will become functional in two years.

Following the November 26, 2008 Mumbai terror attack, Home Minister P Chidambaram had floated a blue print for country’s internal security, which included the formation of NATGRID.

The government had assured to make the project operational within two years, however, its fate was hanging in balance since December 2010 due to the "turf war" among various stakeholders, particularly ministries of Defence and Finance, which felt that the Home Ministry would have uninterrupted access to all information under their jurisdiction if NATGRID becomes operational.

JPN/Bureau