The Government has launched Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) in the country.
The aim, objective and salient features of CCTNS are:
i. To fully computerize the process of crime registration, investigation, prosecution etc. in all police stations in the country
ii. To create a central database to provide national level search facility as well as crime analytics for use by police and central agencies
iii. To electronically share data/information among Police Stations & Police Higher Offices
iv. Computerization of all prisons and provision of necessary hardware, software etc. v. To provide citizen services through a Citizen Portal.
vi. Sharing of Crime and Criminal related data with Police, Prosecution, Courts, Prison and Forensics leading to Integrated Criminal Justice System
All the States, except Bihar and Rajasthan where the contract of the System Integrator has been cancelled, are working on implementing and bringing all police stations under CCTNS. Out of total 14844 Police Stations in the States/UTs, 11616 (78%) of Police Stations are entering 100% FIRs through CCTNS software.
CCTNS is a complex project with the project activities being undertaken by number of stakeholders. All States/UTs went through a complex tendering process to engage System Integrators- involving all the clearances and approvals from the State/UT level Governance structure of CCTNS project, which took time. Also frequent changes of officers responsible for CCTNS at State/UT level led to delays. Such large programme was being carried out for the first time, but now enough experience has been gained and the project is in advanced stage of implementation.
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) in its meeting held on 18th November 2015 has approved the proposal of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for extension and revamping of the Crime and Criminals Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) Project. Further this Ministry has revamped the governance structure for monitoring the Project implementation.
CCTNS project is expected to be fully implemented by March 2017 for achieving its objectives. A Provision has been made in the project to digitize the old records for last ten years in the project and work on this is also in progress, Bureaucracy Today has learnt.
The Government has decided to implement Interoperable Criminal Justice System (ICJS) by integrating Courts, prisons, police, forensics and Prosecution by March 2017.