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Cabinet clears revamp of integrated criminal tracking network

Cabinet clears proposal linking the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems with the courts, prosecution agencies, forensic units and prisons

New Delhi: India’s ambitious Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) project, which aims to connect police stations and security agencies across the country, received a boost on Wednesday after the cabinet cleared a home ministry proposal linking the network with the courts, prosecution agencies, forensic units and prisons.

The move will ensure that all these constituents of the criminal justice system get access to the database of CCTNS, reducing delays in investigations and judicial proceedings, and enhancing the transparency of the entire process.

“Linking CCTNS with the Integrated Criminal Justice System (ICJS), which has constituents such as courts, prosecution, forensic (units) and prisons, will ensure that everyone has fast access to the information required not just for investigations but for faster and better prosecution of cases in courts. This pan-India system that will connect 15,000 police stations, 5,000 supervisory police officers and various prosecuting and legal agencies will help deal with organised crime and terror," said Jitendra Singh, minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office.

“This also shows our commitment to the fight against terror. The decision is in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of smart policing and digital India," he added.

The government has also decided to fast-track the CCTNS project and complete it by March 2017 with the ICJS and a Citizens Portal having interfaces with various e-governance projects such as Aadhaar, National Population Register, the Vaahan Project of the ministry of surface transport and the National Emergency Response System Project.

“The cabinet also decided to approve in principle design of next phase of CCTNS project so that additional functionalities not yet implemented may also be included and police functioning in the country is fully computerized. The total outlay for the project is Rs. 2000 crore and also includes operation and maintenance phase for additional five years up to March, 2022," a government statement said.

In the last one year more than 11600 Police Stations in the country have entered their first information reports (or FIRs) through CCTNS software; around 2.6 million FIRs have been registered through CCTNS in this period.

The project will enable national level crime analytics to be published at an increased frequency, helping policy makers take appropriate and timely action.

The cabinet also cleared creation of 3,000 government jobs for Kashmiri Pandits and constructing 6,000 transit houses for Kashmiri migrants taking up government jobs. It also increased the monthly compensation package for 1,054 migrant families of hilly areas of Jammu division from 400 per person to 2,500 per person to a maximum of 10,000 per family. This bring the compensation of these migrants at par with that given to Kashmiri Pandits. Both groups were displaced and forced out of their homes in Kashmir in the 1990s.

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