Amit Shah Chairs Parliamentary Advisory Committee Meeting in Gujarat
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday chaired the Home Ministry Parliamentary Advisory Committee meeting on “Forensic Capacities
Shah said the central government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, attaches utmost importance to the country’s internal and external security and is committed to public welfare by strengthening systems for detecting and preventing attacks. crimes and effective law enforcement.
The Ministry of Home Affairs, under the leadership of Amit Shah, is committed to achieving a conviction rate of up to 90% and establishing an efficient and user-friendly criminal justice system in the country.
Shah stressed the need for investigative agencies to be one step ahead of criminals given their use of technology and said the Modi government, in conjunction with state governments, was working on a three-pronged approach to reforms in police investigation, prosecution and forensics.
He said now was the right time to focus on technology-based and evidence-based investigation to achieve the target conviction rate.
The Minister of Interior further highlighted the capacity building of gendarmes up to high level police personnel in the use of advanced testing techniques.
He called for the establishment of Independent Prosecution Directorate and Independent Forensic Science Directorate in each State/UT through the proposed comprehensive amendments to Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code and Act Indian on the evidence.
Shah said the Modi government was also working to make forensic investigation mandatory in all cases of offenses that carry a prison term of more than six years.
He informed the Committee members of the measures taken by the central government to build the necessary capacities to implement the proposed reforms.
He said the National Defense University was established to train law enforcement personnel to train them in the use of new technologies to fight crime, especially cybercrime, darknet, etc. . Apart from this, hackathons are also organized to attract the youth expertise and innovation in new technologies.
The National University of Forensic Sciences was established to provide skilled manpower to the forensic sector, and the central government required states to affiliate at least one college in each state with the NFSU.
Shah said a Modus Operandi Office has also been set up to identify the crime pattern for crime prevention.
He informed the members that the central government is providing funds to strengthen the forensic infrastructure across the country, including the establishment of mobile forensic units in each district, and these units will serve at least three blocks in a district.
He said steps are also being taken to standardize forensic equipment, instrument calibration and standard operating procedures (SOPs) across all FSLs nationwide for high quality forensic outcomes.
The meeting was attended by MPs, Ministers of State for Interior Nityanand Rai, Ajay Kumar Mishra, Nishith Pramanik and Union Home Secretary, as well as senior officials from the Ministry of Interior, the NCRB and the National University of Forensic Sciences.
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