Srinagar, Dec 21: As part of National e-Governance Plan (NeGP), Jammu and Kashmir Police is hopeful of meeting March 2017 deadline for completion of Crime & Criminals Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) project whose implementation so far faced road blocks due to September 2014 floods and recent unrest in Kashmir valley.
According to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the CCTNS is a Mission Mode Project aimed at creating a comprehensive and integrated system for enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of policing through adopting of principle of e-Governance and creation of a nationwide networking infrastructure for evolution of IT-enabled-state-of-the-art tracking system around ‘Investigation of crime and detection of criminals’.
Inspector General of Police (IGP), Crime, Muneer Ahmad Khan, who is the nodal officer for the project in Jammu and Kashmir, told Excelsior that there are certain components of CCTNS project including connectivity, hardware, migration and training. He said that September 2014 floods that ravaged Kashmir valley destroyed whatever infrastructure pertaining to CCTNS and thus hit its implementation badly in the State. The IG said another ‘set back’ to the project was the recent unrest as outstation staff left the Valley.
However, Khan said 95 percent of the staff training has been completed while 80 percent of the data migration has also been done. He said that the unavailable record with police is being retrieved from courts while new record is being uploaded without any delay. “On connectivity part, we had some issues with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) but now the same have also been sorted out,” the IG Crime said.
The IGP said nearly 250 police stations and higher offices including those of Police Superintendents, Deputy Police Superintendents as well as new women police stations announced recently would be covered under CCTNS project in the State. “As has been set by MHA, we are hopeful of meeting March 2017 deadline for the complete implementation of the project,” he said.
A top police officer said that in a place like Jammu and Kashmir the citizens would be major beneficiaries of this pilot project. “In our State and in Valley particular, where citizens have less access to the cases pertaining to them, the CCTNS would enable them to access relevant information and it will create accountability and transparency,” he said, adding “the work on the project is underway.”
Pertinently, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), in its report for the year ended on March 31, 2014, expressed its dissatisfaction over the delay of several years in CCTNS in State and strongly recommended for taking effective steps to meet the basic infrastructure and day-to-day running needs of police stations for effective service delivery.