New Delhi: The Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, G. Kishan Reddy has said that integrated database concepts like the CCTNS and ICJS have become indispensable to realise the dream of New India. He was addressing the inaugural session of the 2nd Conference on ‘Good Practices in Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) and Interoperable Criminal Justice System (ICJS)’ through video conferencing on Tuesday, 15th December. The two-day conference has been organised by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), stated a press communication from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), adding that MoS Reddy said the two key modernisation programs of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs have led to effective law enforcement and proved to be force multipliers.
“It is a reality that crime does not follow jurisdictional boundaries. Hence, our response to crime should also not be restricted by boundaries. Immediate recording of crime and the access of the information to all stakeholders is undoubtedly a key aspect of any effective law enforcement operation. This has led to the genesis of the project of CCTNS,” said the MoS Home Affairs.
“This mission-mode project of about Rs. 2000 crore has revolutionised investigation and policing with its massive reach and connectivity. It has managed to connect the police stations and other offices, even in the most far-flung areas,” he added, according to the Home Ministry. MoS Home Reddy said the ICJS takes data sharing to a higher level and ensures a single source of truth between law enforcement and judicial systems. “The operational efficiency of the criminal justice system, without doubt, ICJS is a force multiplier in this data-driven world.”
The MoS observed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has stated that ‘New India’ needs to be a combination of ancient wisdom and modern technology, saying, “The Union Government, under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, clubbed with valuable guidance and committed efforts of Home Minister Amit Shah, has taken several path-breaking steps to modernise the criminal justice system.”
The Minister revealed that out of the total of 16,098 Police Stations in the country, CCTNS Software is being used in over 95% police stations, connectivity is available at 97% police stations, and 93% police stations are entering 100% FIRs through CCTNS.
MoS Home Reddy said, under the Prime Minister’s vision of SMART Policing, a new vision has emerged of maintaining law & order with a focus on accountability, transparency, community-based strategies, and efficiency, adding that the two new Universities, Rashtriya Raksha University and the National Forensic Science University, have been instituted with the vision to promote an objective and scientific approach in the criminal justice system. At the same time, under Assistance to States for Modernisation of Police, funds are provided for the acquisition of latest weaponry, training gadgets, advanced communication, and forensic equipment, as well as IT systems.
“A significant step towards enhancing the ease of living and community well-being has been the Digital Police Portal launched by MHA in 2018. Connecting all CCTNS based services, as well as different apps for police, are available on this single central portal. Applications like CriMAC, Unify, NDSO, ITSSO, and Central Citizen Services are worth mentioning in this regard,” he said, as per the Home Ministry.
Lauding the NCRB for implementation and effective monitoring of the revolutionary latest project, Minister Reddy said that these figures are impressive and reflect the hard work put in by every stakeholder for making CCTNS a success. He called for replicating the good initiatives taken by one state in other states. “It is a matter of great privilege that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Government has used cooperative federalism as a guiding mantra. States work together, learn together and propel each other forward,” he said.
MoS Reddy also commended the NCRB for putting together best practices in the form of a compendium, saying, “It will prove to be a treasure of ideas for law enforcement officers and ensure that the states can learn from each other.”
Speaking on the occasion, Director, NCRB, Ram Phal Pawar, said the NCRB is now implementing an ambitious project named the National Automated Finger Print Identification System (NAFIS) to automate the collection, storage, and matching of fingerprints for expeditious identification of suspects. “This will also provide a much needed unique identifier for every arrested person in the CCTNS database as NAFIS and CCTNS are connected at the backend,” Director Pawar observed.
Presenting an overview of the NCRB activities, Pawar said the updated version of CCTNS (State) application has been released to Haryana and Chhattisgarh on a pilot basis before releasing to all other States. Further, NCRB is also coordinating with States, Union Territories (UTs), and NIC for the implementation of ICJS.
“As per the latest reports, CCTNS data is being consumed electronically in courts in 28 states & UTs, and in prisons in 32 states & UTs. Reverse transfer of court data into CCTNS has also started in 9 states & UTs,” the Director declared. Pawar also said States & UTs have developed a number of mobile apps for police officers and citizens. These apps and tools developed by states do indicate that the police forces are shifting rapidly on technology-enabled platforms, utilising the CCTNS database.
On the occasion, officers were felicitated for their efforts towards better implementation of CCTNS in their respective States.
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