To integrate various organs of criminal justice system including police, court and prisons, Union government is mulling to link all of them to CCTNS database. “The government will undertake steps to integrate the various organs of the Criminal Justice System such as the police, courts, prisons, prosecution, forensic laboratories, finger prints and juvenile homes with the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) database,” said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Under CCTNS project, the digital police portal is aimed to enable citizens to register FIRs online. The portal will initially offer seven public delivery services in 34 States & UTs, like person and address verification e.g. of employees, tenants, nurses etc, permission for hosting public events, lost & found articles and vehicle theft etc. Also, the portal will enable restricted access to law enforcement agencies on topics such as antecedent verification and make assessment of FIRs.
“At present out of the 15,398 police stations under the CCTNS project, 14,284 police stations are using CCTNS software. Out of these 14,284 police stations, 100% FIRs are being generated under this software in 13,775 police stations. The pace of implementation of the CCTNS project is satisfactory in all states,” said Singh.
The minister also said that out of 15,398 police stations across the country, connectivity is enabled at 13,439 police stations. Out of 36 States/UTs, 35 States/UTs are sharing CCTNS database containing seven crore records that includes 2.5 crore FIRs. “The MHA has released Rs.1,450 crores, out of which Rs. 1,086 crores has been spent by States/UTs,” he added.
The CCTNS portal will provide investigator the complete record history of any criminal from anywhere across the country. He said that the software offers Google-type Advance Search engine and analytical reports. The portal offers 11 kinds of search and 44 types of reports. Recently, the software was used to trace few mentally challenged women from Tamil Nadu in Uttarakhand and reunited with their families, Singh added.