CCTNS launched by government
- The Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) was launched by Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.
- He had said CCTNS will increase the ability of law enforcement agencies to check crime and nab criminals.
- The ₹2000 crore project was approved in 2009 by the then Home Minister P. Chidambaram and aimed at creating a comprehensive and integrated system for effective policing
What is CCTNS?
Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) spanned across all the 35 states and Union Territories, aimed at creation of a nation-wide networking infrastructure for evolution of IT-enabled sophisticated tracking system around 'investigation of crime and detection of criminals.'
CCTNS to see light of the day
- CCTNS was installed at police stations after a series of trials and errors and went live on July 1.
- It was launched in 19 police stations in Kolhapur district, nine stations in Satara and the entire Pune rural division in the first phase.
- All staff members were trained to operate the system. The complainants got a print-out of their FIRs.
Deadline extended till 2017
- The deadline for the implementation of CCTNS project was extended to March 2017
- The proposal was approved by The Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs (CCEA), chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- An extra 5 years upto March 2022 were also approved by CCEA for operation and maintenance phase of CCTNS.
- The project would help law enforcing agencies as well as the citizens.
Studying crime patterns countrywide
- Home Ministry had proposed that CCTNS will prepare systematic reports to understand crime patterns across India.
- The proposal said that CCTNS should be integrated with e-courts and e-prison applications so that all three systems - police stations, courts and prison are connected electronically.
- This was proposed keeping in mind that transfer of documents between the three systems should take less time.
CCTNS rolled out by 84% police stations
- Over 11000 police stations (approx 84%) out of 14324 had started using CCTNS. The percentage was as low as 38% in April 2015.
- These police stations are in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi, Telangana, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
- Almost 9000 police stations had registered 100% FIRs through CCTNS.
- CCTNS could not be implemented in Bihar and Rajasthan due to vendor's contract cancellation.
Rajnath brings in Doval for fast-tracking CCTNS
- Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had brought in National Security Advisor Ajit Doval (NSA) for fast tracking the delayed Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS).
- Singh also proposed before the Union cabinet to restore the funds of ₹1,100 crores for CCTNS.
- This money will allow more than 14,000 police stations across the country to share data on crime and criminals.