NACTA was established in 2008 and later formally created through Act of Parliament in 2013. Initially it was housed in a private accommodation in F-8, Islamabad and was later shifted to “R” and “S” Blocks, Pak Secretariat. In line with the profile and sensitivity of work, a BS-22 officer was appointed as National Coordinator instead of BS-20. NACTA did not come into a special focus until its strengthening was included as a formal agenda item of National Action Plan, 2014. The Prime Minister allotted Pakistan Manpower Institute (PMI) Hostel building to NACTA, for its increased requirements and to refurbish and convert it into purpose built building for NACTA. In addition, another building of the Capital Hotel has also been hired for 5 years for housing Joint-Intelligence Directorate (JID) of NACTA. Renovation, refurbishment and extension is in progress. JID will play a vital role in gathering, collating, coordinating and disseminating the actionable Intelligence.
NACTA, for years, has been marred by a dearth of human resource. However, now Establishment Division is providing the required officers on deputation-basis to NACTA. A Member JID has been posted. The recruitment of a core group of 53 personnel is under process. In addition, the recruitment for 198 vacant positions in BS-1-19 is under process. A comparison of Human Resource at NACTA at various points of time is given below:
NACTA has been granted additional budgets as a part of its strengthening drive. The additional budgets were made possible only through strenuous efforts by the Minister for Interior. The budget positions of the current and last 04 years is as under:-
|Budget Year||Original Budget||Revised Budget||Total Budget|
|2013-14||Rs. 950 Million||–||Rs. 950 Million|
|2014-15||Rs. 920 Million||–||Rs. 920 Million|
|2015-16||Rs. 100 Million||Rs. 1.11 Billion||Rs. 1.21 Billion|
|2016-17||Rs. 109 Million||Rs. 1.45 Billion||Rs. 1.56 Billion|
|2017-18||Rs. 143.019 Million||Rs. 1.45 Billion||Rs. 1.59 Billion|
Risk allowance equal to one Basic Pay (as on 30thJune, 2015) was approved by the Prime Minister to the employees of NACTA w.e.f 03rd August, 2015. This has paved the way for more quality Human Resource to join NACTA.
The Ministerial Guidance:
The Minister for Interior is Chairman of NACTA’s Executive Committee. The meeting of Executive Committee vide Section 8 (5) & (6) of NACTA Act is consequent upon the holding of meeting of Board of Governors. Mr. Nisar Ali Khan, Former Minister for Interior held 21 formal meetings with the National Coordinator NACTA during 2015-17 to strengthen NACTA through adequate budget allocation, provision of building and infrastructure. Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, incumbent Minister for Interior has put strengthening of NACTA on the top of his agenda and has held 3 meetings within a very short span of assuming his office, and is providing guidance for the drives being undertaken by NACTA to counter extremism in the country.