“Under veil of secrecy, elint outfit gobbles funds
Chandan Nandy, Bangalore, Mar 20, 2012, DHNS:
Less spying and more misuse of resources in elite security set-up
Eight years after its creation, the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), which was established on the lines of Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and America’s National Security Agency (NSA), is in a mess.
Far from performing the responsibilities it was entrusted with after it was found that the country’s security establishment lacked effective technical/communications intelligence capabilities, the NTRO is battling serious allegations of corruption.
And the lid has been blown off from within: a former NTRO?scientist, V?K?Mittal, has been able to fight his way through the webs of secrecy and official pressure and intimidation to force the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) to institute a special audit which the Supreme Court is now seized of.
According to one estimate, misappropriation of funds in the NTRO?is to the tune of Rs 800 crore, which was alloted Rs 9,832 crore in the 2011-12 financial year. The organisation spends approximately 62 per cent of the money on purchase of equipment and maintains a secret service fund of about Rs 36 crore.
* Internet monitoring system (Rs 30 cr)
* Information processing software (Rs 5 cr)
* Satellite communication monitoring system (Rs 30 cr)
* Civil works contract in Dehradun (Rs 40 cr)
* Electronic intelligence payload (Rs 30 cr)”
Online exporters are the worst sufferers as powerful officials infatuated with young women, get lucrative positions in intelligence agencies like ntro, raw, cbi or military intelligence, by claiming that their young girlfriends like siddhi mandrekar, sunaina, have twenty years experience, when these young women have no work experience. They then use the sophisticated equipment to monitor the exporters laptop, to make false claims promoting their lazy young girlfriends, when these young women are doing nothing. These young women then steal the orders, leads, emails for personal gain, making it difficult for the exporter to earn a living, to force her to agree to identity theft, which will make the officials and their girlfriends very rich.
Why is such sophisticated equipment used for monitoring harmless exporters to cause losses, there are many more important problems in a poor country like India? Are these officials bribed by large companies like Google and Tata?