New Delhi: A digital police portal under the CCTNS project, which aims to create a national database of crimes and criminals, was to on Monday launched by Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Singh said the digital police portal will provide the citizen, facility for online complaint registration and request for antecedent verification.
“The police portal will provide 11 searches and 46 reports from the national database for state police and central investigation agencies. Central investigating and research agencies have also been provided logins to the digital police database to access crime statistics,” he said after launching the portal.
The home minister said the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project (CCTNS) has enabled 13,775 out of 15,398 police stations to enter 100 percent data into the software.
He said as of now the CCTNS national database has around 7 crore data records pertaining to past and current criminal cases.
Singh said the CCTNS project will help in realising the Prime Minister Narenda Modi’s dream of ‘Minimum Government Maximum Governance’.
A home ministry official said the CCTNS will facilitate pan-India search on complete national crime and criminal database that is accessible to the investigating officers throughout the country.
The CCTNS project will interconnect about 15,398 police stations and additional 5,000 offices of supervisory police officers across the country and digitise data related to FIR registration, investigation and charge-sheets in all police stations.
This would lead to development of a national database of crimes and criminals, the official, privy to the development, said. The project has been extended by the government for one year till March 2018. The one-year extension will help the government to comprehensively achieve the remaining goals of the CCTNS, which was conceived by the former Home Minister P Chidambaram when the UPA was in power.
With a total budget of Rs 2,000 crore, a sum of Rs 1,550 crore has been spent till 2016-17. The inter-operable criminal justice system aims to integrate the CCTNS project with e-courts and e-prison data bases in the first instance and with the other pillars of the criminal justice system, another official said.
The integration will be achieved by providing access to the judiciary, police and prisons through a desktop dashboard to facilitate expeditious and informed decisions and aid investigations.
The full implementation of the project with all the new components would lead to a central citizen portal having linkages with state-level citizen portals that will provide a number of citizen-friendly services, the official said.
These include services like police verification for various purposes like issuance of passport, reporting a crime and online tracking of the case progress, online reporting of grievances against police officials, accessing victim compensation fund and legal services etc.