National Technical Research Organisation or NTRO scam is the biggest intelligence scam to hit India.
The NTRO scam has not just caused loss of money to the exchequer but also compromised India’s national security. The multi crore scam is related to huge irregularities in the procurement and recruitment process of NTRO.
True to the way some recent scams under Congress led UPA has been unearthed, crores of Rupees were wasted in the NTRO scam. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) were purchased from an Israeli company, Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI), but every rule was flouted in its purchase. A letter was also sent out to National Security Advisor (NSA) Shivshankar Menon complaining of the irregularities in recruitment of officers in intelligence gathering agency. But it has now been found out that Govt took no action against the malpractices. In effect, it actually handed over the probe to the same man who was accused in the first place!
The Comptroller & Auditor General’s (CAG) report clearly informed of the gross violations by NTRO. However Congress led UPA Govt decided not table the “top secret” report in the Parliament. A RTI application was fled which finally brought the NTRO scam to light.
After a slew of scams from 2G to Adarsh society to CWG, this one adds another feather to Congress cap. With national secuirty being a big issue these days, it’s a shame that Govt compromised on India’s security and tried to hide a scam of this proportion from public eyes.