The following are a series of seven reforms proposed to eliminate corruption in Indian’s intelligence services, harmonize operations, and establish a system that is self-correcting and self-learning.
1. Establish an Intelligence Fusion Cell that works under the Prime Minister’s Office. One of the major problems in India’s intelligence services is harmonizing internal and external intelligence gathering. “The lack of co-ordination in trans-border operations often resulting in inaccurate, misleading, and alarming reporting continues to be the bane of our intelligence community” (Raman, 97). This coordination center will de-conflict intelligence tasks and collaborate intelligence reports used to inform policy makers. Once IB and RAW each have clearly defined charters, this will become much easier.
2. Establishing formal charters for RAW and IB. “…our intelligence agencies operate without any well-defined charter, much less by way of legal sanction, often poaching on other’s turfs” (Akbar, 118). To solve this problem, both IB and RAW should draft formal charters that clearly define each agency’s task and purpose. An act of parliament should be formed which includes these charters and gives clear and legitimate legal standing for the activities of both organizations.
3. Oversight from Parliament. “There is no oversight worth the name and consequently no accountability” (Akbar, 118). Because IB and RAW are not formal ministries they have no real oversight and are not held accountable by parliament. Like in the United States, IB and RAW officials should have to report to parliament, brief them on operations, and inform them about covert operations after they have taken place.