‘Chintan Shivir’: Increased Use of Forensic Science to Improve Conviction Rate

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‘Chintan Shivir’: Increased Use of Forensic Science to Improve Conviction Rate
‘Chintan Shivir’: Increase use of Forensic Science to Improve Conviction Rate

A two day contemplation camp ‘Chintan Shivir’, ended on 28 October, Thursday in Surajkund, Haryana.  The meeting was attended by 10 chief ministers, several state ministers and top police and civil officials under the chairmanship of Home Minister Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the gathering on Friday morning.

The government machinery of states and the Centre concluded that attention should be on cybercrime, improving conviction rates, narcotics, border security, etc. They emphasised on achieving a 90 percent conviction rate, forensic sciences have a big role, it was acknowledged.

The officials said that during the meeting, it was decided to work with the spirit of ‘Team India’ and it was stressed that all states should review their goals annually.

It was agreed that all states should constantly and annually review goals and have a plan where their internal security will be in 2047. The meeting came to the conclusion that internal security is shared responsibility of both the Centre and states and everyone must work with the spirit of Team India.

While giving details about achievements, government sources said that Bihar and Jharkhand have become free from Left-wing extremism (LWE) and 9,200 Northeast militants surrendered arms in the past 8 years. 

They pointed out that the development is taking place in the Northeast and areas under AFSPA have reduced.

It was also emphasised that the Northeast, Jammu and Kashmir and combating Left-wing extremism are areas where the Narendra Modi government has achieved unprecedented success and states should hold regular meetings of the National Narcotics Coordination Portal (NCORD).

The Prime Minister said even though law and order is the responsibility of the states as per the Constitution, the issue is equally related to the unity and integrity of the country. 

He said, “Every state should learn from each other, take inspiration from each other, work for the betterment of the country, this is the spirit of the constitution and it is also our responsibility towards the countrymen.

He added that during the ongoing “Amrit Kaal”, an “Amrit generation” will emerge, carrying the essence of the “Panch Pran”. The Panch Pran (five pledges) must be the guiding force for good governance.

He pointed out that crime is no longer localised and instances of interstate and international crimes are going up. That is why mutual cooperation between state agencies and between central and state agencies is becoming crucial.

He stressed on whether it is cybercrime or the use of drone technologies for the smuggling of weapons or drugs, the government needs to keep working towards new technologies to tackle the menace.  

The Prime Minister mentioned the Police Technology Mission of the central government. However, he stressed the need for a common platform as differing technologies of different states do not talk to each other. 

He said, “We should have a pan-India outlook, all our best practices should be interoperable and should have a common link“. He asked the state agencies to develop capabilities in forensic science and take full advantage of the National Forensic Sciences University of Gandhinagar.

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