The Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project (CCTNS) both will be merged. This change will actually eliminate the need for a police verification at your home to get a new passport.
Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said the CCTNS, an exhaustive national level database of crimes and criminals was expected to be linked with the passport service of the External Affairs Ministry. CCTNS will check the past history and background i.e if they have any criminal records of the applicants with a single mouse click.
Mehrishi also said, “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 reduces the contact of the applicant with the police constable so that the chances of bribing will less but also reduce the time for getting the passport.”
After Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched the CCTNS project, which will connect all the 15,398 police stations in India, Mehrishi said the CCTNS had been expanded for further use by incorporating citizen-centric services like – tenant verification and more, 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.
The chances of database hacking can always be there, but the system had taken enough provisions to safeguard the same and National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre had been employed for the task.
“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,” according to Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
This is the actually a good move from the central government and it will surely help the new applicants makes their passport processing easy.