About Multi Agency Centre (MAC)-
- It was formed in December 2001 following the Kargil intrusion and the subsequent overhaul of the Indian national security apparatus suggested by the Kargil Review Committee report.
- Accordingly, the Intelligence Bureau (IB) was authorized to create a multi-agency centre (MAC) in New Delhi.
- Now functioning 24/7 as the nodal body for sharing intelligence inputs, MAC coordinates with representatives from numerous agencies, different ministries, both central and state.
- All the States have a subsidiary multi-agency centre (SMAC) located in all State capitals.
- As many as 28 organizations, including the Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW), armed forces and State police are part of the platform and various security agencies including Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) share real-time intelligence inputs on the MAC.
The Minister of State for Home Affairs had launched the Crime Multi Agency Centre (Cri-MAC) for sharing information on heinous crime and other issues related to inter-state coordination. It aims to share information between various police forces on heinous crimes.
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