Amit Shah chairs the Parliamentary Consultative Committee meeting in Gujarat

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday chaired the meeting of the Home Office Parliamentary Consultative Committee on the topic “Forensic Science Capabilities

Shah said that the Central Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, attaches the utmost importance to the country’s internal and external security and is committed to public welfare by strengthening systems for crime detection and prevention and effective application of the law.

The Home Ministry, under the leadership of Amit Shah, is committed to achieving a conviction rate of up to 90% and providing an effective and citizen-friendly criminal justice system in the country.

Shah stressed the need for investigative agencies to stay one step ahead of criminals in view of their use of technology and said the Modi government, in collaboration with state governments, is working on a three-pronged approach to reforms in police investigation, prosecution and forensics.

He said this is the right time to focus on technology- and evidence-based research to achieve the projected conviction rate.

The Home Secretary further emphasized capacity building of officers up to senior police personnel in the use of advanced testing techniques.

He called for the establishment of an independent Prosecution Directorate and an independent Forensic Science Directorate in each State/UT through the proposed comprehensive amendments to the Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code and Indian Evidence Act.

Shah said the Modi government is also working to make forensic investigation mandatory in all cases of crimes punishable by imprisonment for more than six years.

He informed the members of the Committee about the steps taken by the Central Government towards developing the capacity required to implement the proposed reforms.

He said that the National Defense University has been established to train the workforce of law enforcement agencies to train them in the use of new technologies to fight crime, especially cybercrime, dark web, etc. In addition to this, hackathons are also being organized to attract the specialization and innovation of young people in new technologies.

The National University of Forensic Sciences has been established to provide skilled manpower for the forensic sector, and the central government has asked states to affiliate at least one university in each state with the NFSU.

Shah said that an Office of Modus Operandi has also been established to identify crime pattern for crime prevention.

He informed members that the Central Government is providing funds to strengthen the forensic infrastructure throughout the country, including the creation of Mobile Forensic Science 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 FSLs across the country to deliver high-quality forensic results.

The meeting was attended by Members of Parliament, Ministers of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai, Ajay Kumar Mishra, Nishith Pramanik and the Union Home Secretary along with senior officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs, the NCRB and the National University of Forensic Sciences.

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