Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on 4 January 2013 launched Pilot Project of Crime and Criminal Tracking Systems.
The Government launched the project to make use of technology in bringing greater transparency and accountability into government functioning, as Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) is supposed to be an important step forward in this direction which requires a significant change management effort.
The pilot launch of the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) Project would create a nation-wide environment for the real-time sharing of crime and criminal information and connect approximately 14000 police stations throughout the country apart from higher offices in police hierarchy.
About Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS)
• The CCTNS is a mission mode project under the National e-Governance Plan of Government of India.
• It aims at creating a comprehensive and integrated system for enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of policing through adopting the principle of e-Governance.
• The project also includes the 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.
The credit for the pilot launch goes to the State police forces and the relentless support and guidance provided by MHA (Ministry of Home Affairs) and National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) officials.
CCTNS is 2000 rupees crore project, approved in 2009 and spans across all the 35 states and Union Territories. It will be connected to a total of more than 21,000 locations. At present, 2000 police stations and other higher offices (mainly immigration check posts) in the country have been connected under the system.
Objectives of Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS)
• Make the Police functioning citizen friendly and more transparent by automating the functioning of Police Stations.
• Improve delivery of citizen-centric services through effective usage of ICT.
• Provide the Investigating Officers of the Civil Police with tools, technology and information to facilitate investigation of crime and detection of criminals.
• Improve Police functioning in various other areas such as Law and Order, Traffic Management etc.
• Facilitate Interaction and sharing of Information among Police Stations, Districts, State/UT headquarters and other Police Agencies.
• Assist senior Police Officers in better management of Police Force.
• Keep track of the progress of Cases, including in Court.
• Reduce manual and redundant Records keeping