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New criminal laws will improve delivery of justice: Amit Shah

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Union Home Minister chairs All India Police Science Congress at FRI campus 
By Our Staff Reporter
Dehradun, 7 Oct: Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation Amit Shah addressed the 49th All India Police Science Congress held at FRI campus here today. He was the chief guest on the occasion. Several dignitaries, including Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Pushkar Singh Dhami, Union Home Secretary, the Director-General of BPR&D, were present on the occasion.
In his address, Amit Shah said that the 49th All India Police Science Congress assumes great significance as it is the first Police Science Congress during the Amrit Kaal. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has named the period between 75-100 years of India’s independence as “Amrit Kaal.” This journey of Amrit Kaal is very important for every citizen of India as the Prime Minister has termed it as a time for all concerned to make resolutions and work towards accomplishing them (Sankalp se Siddhi). Shah said that Modi has set a goal before the people of the country that when India celebrates its centenary of independence, India should be at the forefront in every field in the world. Shah said that to achieve this, hard work is required in every sector, and the first condition for it is that the country’s law and order, internal security, and border security must be robust. He added that until a country ensures the security of its borders and maintains internal security, it cannot develop. Good law and order situation is the first condition for development and for this, in the year of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Home Ministry has brought about many changes to further strengthen the law and order in the country. These changes will be implemented on the ground during the Amrit Kaal to showcase their success to the country.
Union Home Minister said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, significant changes have been brought in every sector in the country from 2019 to 2023. He said that the complete blueprint for implementing these changes on the ground, from the Home Ministry of the Government of India to the last police station of the country, will be laid out during this Police Science Congress.
Mentioning abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Amit Shah said after the abrogation of the Article 370, every citizen of the country can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that Jammu & Kashmir has now become an integral part of India, and no one can take it away from the country. He added that due to reduction in violence in regions affected by Left-Wing Extremism, development is reaching every village and individual. A new era of health, education, and infrastructure has begun.
Shah also released a Compendium of the 49th All India Police Science Congress, BPR&D’s prestigious Hindi Magazine, “Police Vigyaa” and Uttarakhand Police magazine, “Marching with the Times” on this occasion. He said that the Ministry of Home Affairs has taken several steps to strengthen BPR&D in the last 5 years. Under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi, India is moving towards becoming self-reliant in terms of resources and equipment required for internal security. He said that Modernisation Division of the Bureau has organised webinars and workshops on topics like cyber security, cybercrime prevention, drone forensics and emerging challenges of cyber laws.
The Union Home Minister reminded that the Centre has introduced three new criminal laws in the Parliament which are currently under consideration with the Standing Committee on Home Affairs. He said that these three new bills will replace IPC, CrPC and the Evidence Act, which were enacted by the British. He said that no changes were made in these laws since 1860 till 2023. He said that changes in the society necessitate changes in the laws because the scale and method of crime has changed and now crimes are also being committed with greater use of technology. He said that due to lack of changes in the existing laws, there was a backlog of cases in the courts and our criminal justice system had become infamous for delays. Shah said that now after the passage of these three new criminal laws, the people of the country will get justice at the earliest. He said that by defining terrorism and organized crime in three new criminal laws, the Modi government has worked to protect the country. Strict provisions have been made in these laws for inter-state gangs, a lot of emphasis has been laid on capacity building of the office of the Directorate of Prosecution, to increase the use of forensic science, visits of forensic science experts have also been made compulsory in crimes having more than 6 years punishment. He said that action has been taken and a time bound plan has also been made to increase the conviction rate.
The Union Home Minister said that Indian Criminal Justice System is entering into a new era with the use of Forensic Science, role of CCTNS & ICJS and three new laws to replace IPC, CrPc and Evidence Act in Amrit Kal. This will not only provide security to every citizen but also ensure internal security. He said that this is not possible without using technology. Under ICJS, computerization of 99.9% i.e. 16733 police stations of the country has been done and they are connected with CCTNS.
Amit Shah said that the government has made arrangements to present all types of documents before the court electronically, to make summons, warrants and testimony from prison online under the legal provisions in all these laws which will ensure justice without any delay. He said that implementation of all these provisions is possible only when the police of the entire country imbibe them and these are taken to the level of the police station.  Shah said that there is a need to increase coordination between various agencies in the police forces of the states. He said that police across the country should associate themselves with Rashtriya Raksha Shakti University and Forensic Science University. They should also study Modus Operandi Bureau and start developing it in their respective states. There is a need to strengthen the system of Directorate of Prosecution, revival of the beat system, regularization the parade and revival of the information gathering system. He said that no one can analyze intelligence better than the human brain, for this we will also have to revive the information gathering system. Shah said that the Left Wing Extremism states should cooperate in the efforts being made to establish base camps in the forward areas.
Police need to match criminals in use of technology: Dhami
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Dehradun, 7 Oct: Speaking at the inaugural session of All India Police Science Congress held at FRI campus here today, Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami welcomed Union Home Minister Amit Shah at FRI Dehradun and said it is a matter of pride for Uttarakhand to get the opportunity to host the 49th All India Police Science Congress. He said that such events become important for developing the capacity of police forces. In the present scenario, crime and criminals have gone far beyond the traditional systems, organised crimes are increasing and in the cases of cyber crimes, modern technology like Artificial Intelligence is also being used by the criminals. The police force needs to be equipped with advanced technology and efficient means along with technical and mental efficiency. For this, special assistance is being provided to the state governments by the Central Government under the leadership of the Home Minister.
Dhami expressed hope that in this Police Congress, through extensive deliberations and meaningful discussions, apart from policing and internal security, important suggestions will be presented for cyber security and prevention of data theft. He said that Uttarakhand Police has laid emphasis on e-facility for reporting cyber crime, speedy disposal of cases and has also alerted the public through public awareness campaigns. Uttarakhand Police has launched various applications, through which effective policing has been ensured. Operation Mukti has identified children forced to beg, collect garbage and do other menial jobs and enrolled them in schools. The campaign’s motto ‘Educate, not alms’ has been given meaning.
The CM said that in the last meeting, the Union Home Minister had called for the formulation of a national internal security policy while calling for an attack on terrorism. Today, under his leadership, terrorism is being eliminated in the country. On this occasion, the Chief Minister suggested that the forest personnel engaged in the protection of forests also need to be trained to use modern weapons and like paramilitary forces. He said that the police will have to be equipped with more modern resources to protect the border areas. He said that there is a need to engage the enlightened section of the society from time to time and exchange suggestions for protecting national interests. Under this, through the Community Outreach Programme, an effort has been made to identify voluntary organisations working for national interests in the international border areas and seek their cooperation, in which we are getting success.
On this occasion, Cabinet Ministers Satpal Maharaj, Premchand Aggarwal an Saurabh Bahuguna, MPs Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah, Kalpana Saini, Mayor Sunil Uniyal Gama, MLAs, Secretary Home, Government of India Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Chief Secretary of Uttarakhand Dr SS Sandhu, Additional Chief Secretary Home Radha Raturi, Director General of Police Research and Development Bureau  Balaji Srivastava, Director General of Police of Uttarakhand Ashok Kumar and police officers from various states were present.
DGP Ashok Kumar proposed the vote on thanks in the programme.