In a new development, the central government plans to merge the process of police verification for passports with Crime and Criminal Tracking Network Systems Project (CCTNS) which will omit the physical police verification for getting a new passport. This idea was first conceptualized by the UPA government in 2009.
This will not only simply the manual process and replace it with just a few clicks but will also bring to halt the bribery which often happened between the people and the local police officers. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi explained that the CCTNS which is an exhaustive national database of crimes and criminals is expected to be linked with the passport service of the External Affairs Ministry. CCTNS will be able to check the past history and background of the applicants with a single click.
Mr. Mehrishi also told the reports that “For passport credentials, the police is already using CCTNS in some states. Police will be given handheld devices to upload applicant’s details upon reaching their home. This will not only minimize the contact of the applicant with the police officer to curb bribing but also reduce the time for getting the passport.”
It is also being said that once the Home Minister Rajnath Singh launches the CCTNS project, connecting all the 15,398 police stations of the country, the CCTNS would be expanded for further use by incorporating other citizen-centric services like – tenant verification, which could be done with the consent of the person being verified connecting the network with criminal justice delivery system and quick registration of FIR in any crime.
Regarding the safety of the database, the Home Secretory said, “chances of database hacking was always there, but enough provisions have been made to safeguard the same and National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre had been employed for the task.
He further added that the digital police would enable the citizens to register their complaints online and request for the background verifications with just some clicks. “The police portal will give 11 searches and 46 reports from the national database for state police and central investigation agencies. Central investigating and research agencies have also been provided logins to the digital police database to access crime statistics.”
Mr. Singh said that the CCTNS has resulted 13,777 police stations out of 15,398 to register 100% data into the software. He also mentioned that so far, 7 crore data records related to past and current criminal cases is already there in the CCTNS national database. The project will make it possible to link about 15,398 police stations and 5,000 offices of supervisory police officers across the country.