M. V. S. Prasad*
The Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems
(CCTNS) project is a mission mode project under the
National, e-Governance Plan being implemented by the
Ministry of Home Affairs. The project aims at
creating a comprehensive and integrated system and a
nation-wide networked solution for connecting more
than 15,000 Police Stations and nearly 6,000 higher
offices in 28 States and 7 UTs of the country for
sharing of real-time crime and criminal information.
The project has been conceptualized based on the
principle of 'Centralized Planning and Decentralized
Implementation'. A Core Application Software (CAS)
is being developed with common definitions, scheme
and specifications at the Central level which would
be handed over to the States/UTs for State specific
customization. However, States which have been
allowed to continue to run on their existing
applications have to align their existing software
to facilitate information exchange with CAS.
The States/UTs have complete operational
independence in project implementation. The
implementation is through
Services wherein a System Integrator agency
implements all the requisite services as defined by
Service level agreements with the States/UTs. A
strong governance mechanism with various Committees
has also been created as a part of CCTNS project to
ensure quality and for timely completion of project.
Make the police functioning citizen friendly,
transparent, accountable, effective and efficient by
automating the process and functions at the level of
the police stations and other police offices at
Improving delivery of citizen-centric services
through effective usage of Information and
Communication Technology (ICT).
Facilitate collection, storage, retrieval, analysis,
transfer and sharing of information among police
stations, districts, State headquarters and other
organizations/ agencies, including those at
Enabling and assisting the senior Police Officers in
better management of police force.
Keep track of the progress of the crime and criminal
investigation and prosecution cases, including
progress of cases in the courts.
Reduction in manual and redundant record keeping.
The CCTNS project aims at providing online services
to the Citizens. The following is an indicative list
of the same:
Filing of complaints/information to the concerned
Obtaining the status of the complaint or case
registered at police station.
Obtaining the copies of FIRs, post-mortem reports
and other permissible documents etc.
Details of arrested persons/wanted criminals and
their illegal activities etc.
Details of missing/kidnapped persons and their
matching with arrested, unidentified persons and
Details of stolen/recovered vehicles, arms and other
Submission of requests for issue/renewal of various
NOCs, clearances and permits and status of such
Verification requests for servants, employment,
passport, senior citizen registrations etc.
Portal for sharing information and enabling citizens
to download required forms/certificates etc.
A Core Application Software (CAS) has been
developed and is being tested by the Software
Development Agency at the Central level. The CAS
would be implemented both at Central level and
States/UTs to enable information exchange for crime
and criminal tracking as per objectives of CCTNS
project. The CAS would be further customized as
required by the States/UTs and implemented at
States/UTs by the System Integrator agencies.
A nation-wide network and connectivity solution is
being implemented by the network solution provider
and the readiness survey is currently underway for
implementation of the network. It has been completed
for 28 States/UTs as of 15.03.2012
The commissioning of IT infrastructure for
implementation of national data centre and disaster
recovery site are in advanced stage. Deployment of
CAS will happen after software certification by
STQC. System Integrators have been finalized in 16
States/UTs and rest are in various stages of
finalization. All States/UTs have implemented
project initiation activities in terms of capacity
building and strengthening of training institutions.
Director, PIB, Chennai.
With inputs from Ministry of Home Affairs.