Financial and criminal intelligence network to be activated

This is the first effort by the government to streamline crucial and actionable information of various stakeholder agencies functioning with exclusive mandates and under various Acts

In an effort to streamline exchange of sensitive information related to financial and other crimes among various enforcement agencies, the government will activate an ambitious single-window intelligence network by the middle of this year.

The intelligence network called Secure Information Exchange Network (SIEN), has already brought on board the databases of Central enforcement agencies like the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI), Financial Intelligence Unit-India (FIU-IND), Enforcement Directorate (ED), Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), among others.

This is the first effort to streamline crucial and actionable information of various stakeholder agencies functioning with exclusive mandates and under various Acts.

Two other agencies—the Intelligence Bureau (IB) and the technical and intelligence wing of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (Income-Tax)—will brought on board by June this year and the network would be fully activated to co-ordinate with foreign enforcement and intelligence agencies, sources said.

The SIEN will ensure exchange of information on a real-time basis by way of data exchange, video, and secure telephonic exchange of information. The exchange network will streamline the flow of information inputs received by various agencies in their fields of expertise and will be monitored in a comprehensive manner by the ministry of finance.

The network will function under the aegis of the Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB), under the Economic Intelligence Council (EIC) headed by the finance minister.

The hardware for the entire intelligence information portal and database will be provided by the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO)—a scientific body functioning under the prime minister’s office.

The application software for the intelligence network is being developed by the Advanced Data Processing Research Institute (ADRIN), Secunderabad, with the help of the NTRO.

The new intelligence network will also share the information stored in the portals of the National Economic Intelligence Network (NEIN) database which till now has 8,646 cases of offenders and other financial matters with it.

The intelligence database will analyse and process inputs to study the modus operandi adopted by money launderers, financing of terror, and share information with the agencies so that a uniform approach can be taken up in such cases having multi-disciplinary authorities and cross-border connections, sources said.

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