New Delhi: Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs, Nityanand Rai, today inaugurated a state-of-the-art DNA Analysis Centre at CFSL, Chandigarh. This new Advanced Forensic DNA Analysis Lab has been set up under the Nirbhaya Fund scheme, with an allocation of Rs. 99.76 crores. This Centre will provide facilities for the sexual assault and homicide unit, paternity unit, human identification unit, and mitochondrial DNA unit. DFSS has ensured that this Centre is fully equipped with modern DNA profiling tools and equipment. This Advanced Forensic DNA Analysis facility has a capacity of examining 2,000 cases per year.
Speaking on this occasion, Nityanan Rai urged that all States and Union Territories utilize this facility, as well as set up similar facilities in their respective States for quick disposal of forensic cases referred to them, adding that this will facilitate a modern, responsive criminal justice system.
Rai also stated that a specialised training in collection of forensic evidence is being undertaken by Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) and more than 6,000 personnel have been trained.
The Directorate of Forensic Science Services under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has set up Central Forensic Science Laboratories (CFSLs) in the country. These are situated in Bhopal, Chandigarh, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Pune, and Kolkata.
Apart from assisting States in undertaking forensic examination of evidence, the predominant role of CFSLs is to undertake R&D activities with a view to develop new forensic techniques, adopt the latest developments in basic sciences for forensic analysis, and disseminate this information to the other Forensic Science Laboratories.
About 200 invitees including Directors of Central and State FSLs from the country, senior police & judicial officers, professors, doctors from various universities & hospitals, and senior officers from scientific organizations participated in this event.
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