Integrated database like CCTNS, ICJS indispensable to realise dream of New India: Reddy

New Delhi, Dec 15 (UNI) Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy on Tuesday said that integrated database concepts like the Crime and Criminal Tracking Networking System (CCTNS) and the Interopable Criminal justice System (ICJS) have become indispensable, to realise the dream of New India.

Addressing the inaugural session of the two-day session of second Conference on ‘Good Practices in CCTNS/ICJS’ through video-conferencing, he said that the two key modernisation programmes of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) 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,’ Mr Reddy said.

‘About Rs 2000 crore, Mission mode project 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.

The Minister further said that 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,’ he added.

Referring to the statement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the New India needs to be a combination of ancient wisdom and modern technology, the MoS said ‘The Union Government, under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi Ji, clubbed with valuable guidance and committed efforts of Home Minister Amit Shah Ji, has taken several path breaking steps to modernise the criminal justice system.’

The Minister said that out of the total of 16,098 Police Stations in the country, the CCTNS Software is being used in over 95 per cent Police Stations, Connectivity is available at 97 per cent Police Stations and 93 per cent Police Stations are entering 100 per cent FIRs through CCTNS.

Mr Reddy said that under the Prime Minister’s vision of SMART Policing, a new vision has emerged of maintaining law and order with focus on accountability, transparency, community-based strategies and efficiency.

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.

‘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 added.

The Minister 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 Modiji, the Government has used cooperative federalism as a guiding mantra, states work together, learn together and propel each other forward,’ he said.

The National Crime and Record Bureau has done a commendable job by putting together best practices in the form of a compendium.

‘It will prove to be a treasure of ideas for the law enforcement officers and ensure that the states can learn from each other,’ added Mr Reddy.


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