The Union Home Minister of India, Shri Amit Shah chaired a Parliamentary Consultative Committee meeting of the Ministry of Home Affairs in Kavadia, Gujarat on 27 June 2022. The topic for the meeting was “Forensic Science Capabilities: Strengthening for Time bound and Scientific Investigation”.
The meeting emphasized on the capabilities of forensics currently available in the country and reviewed the increasing dependence of the criminal justice system on forensic investigations.
The meeting was attended by MPs, Ministers of State for Home Nityanand Rai, Ajay Kumar Mishra, Nishith Pramanik and Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla along with senior officials of MHA, NCRB and National Forensic Science University.
Shah addressed the meeting by stating that the Central Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, pays utmost attention to the internal and external security of India. It is committed to the public welfare through strengthening the system of crime detection, itrs prevention and effective law enforcement.
He added that the Ministry of Home Affairs is committed towards achieving the conviction rate upto 90 percent and providing citizen friendly and effective criminal justice system in India.
Shah also called for the establishment of an independent Directorate of Prosecution and an independent Directorate of Forensic Science in each state/union territory through proposed comprehensive amendments to the- Indian Penal Code, Criminal Procedure Code and Indian Evidence Act.
He informed the members that the central government is providing funds to strengthen the forensic infrastructure across the country, which also include the setting up of Mobile Forensic Units in each district which will serve in at least three blocks of each district.
He also said that steps are being taken to standardize forensic equipment, instrument calibration, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in all FSLs in the country that will serve with high quality results.
The Union Home Minister said that “The Modi Government is working towards making forensic investigation mandatory in all the cases of offences punishable with imprisonment for more than six years”.
Shah briefed the members of the meeting that National Defense University has been set up for the training of personnels of law enforcement agencies, regarding the use of new technology to combat crime, especially cyber crime, dark-net, etc.
In fact, hackathons are also being organized to attract the expertise and innovation of the youth in new technologies. The National Forensic Science University (NFSU) has been established to provide trained manpower for the forensic sector and the Central Government has requested the states to affiliate at least one college in each state with NFSU.
He stressed on the need for the investigating agencies to be one step ahead of the criminals in view of the use of the technology. He also said that the Central and State governments are working in collaboration to establish reforms in police, prosecution and forensics.
The members of the meeting acknowledged the Union Home Minister for raising such an important topic of Forensic Science and also gave their suggestion on the same.
Recently in July, the Union Home Minister has inaugurated the research-based centre of excellence at the NFSU, Gandhinagar, Gujarat. The centre of excellence has been established to conduct the research on the drugs and narcotics seized in different parts of the country and its routes.