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Who is boss of internal security establishment?


New Delhi : Is everything fine in dealings between Home Minister P. Chidambaram and National Security Advisor M.K. Narayanan? Ever since he took over after the 26/11 terror attacks, Chidambaram has been setting the home ministry in order and has been religiously holding daily morning meetings with intelligence heads responsible for maintaining internal security.

Though Narayanan – himself a former chief of the Intelligence Bureau – is a minister of state by protocol, he gets no special treatment and is treated on a par with the other intellignce chiefs. Insiders point out that Chidambaram is keen to establish who the boss is. His proposal to bring all intelligence agencies under one roof by setting up the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) is the latest pointer that he does not want multiple intelligence chiefs.

If his ambitious plan goes through, then the National Technical Research Organisation and the Aviation Research Centre that report to Narayanan will be weaned away. A little bird tells us that Narayanan, who commanded authority and influence during UPA-1, is not too happy.