The Intelligence Bureau is the eyes and ears of the Indian government. It is an organization that perceives an internal threat to the nation and it officers are spread across every corner in India.
It is not only the eyes and ears of the Indian government but also the ‘brain’ of its national security apparatus as advocated by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah while delivering a speech at the 32nd Intelligence Bureau (IB) Centenary Endowment Lecture in Delhi,
Unfortunately, for the last three years according to Bureau of Police Research & Development (BPR&D) Data, there is an acute shortage of manpower.
In 2018, the sanctioned manpower was 42,360 personnel but the allotted was 31674, a deficiency of 25.01 percent.
In 2019, the sanctioned manpower was 40650 personnel but the allotted was 29784, a deficiency of 26.73 percent.
In 2020, the sanctioned manpower was 46020 personnel but the allotted was 33729, a deficiency of 26.71 percent.
Despite relentless efforts by enemies of India, the intelligence and enforcement apparatus in the country has successfully neutralized all attempts by Islamist terror formations – global, transnational, and Pakistan based – to carry out an attack in India’s hinterland through 2020-21.
Even Left Wing Extremism (LWE) related violence and geographical spread have declined over the years. The security situation in the North-Eastern States has improved substantially since 2014.
With aim of the Narendra Modi government to completely wipe out terrorism, left-wing extremism, and insurgency in the northeast, in the next five years, it would be imperative to arrest the deficiency in acute shortage of IB officers across India.