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Amendment plan for police manual

- Move to implement tracking network

Shillong, Jan. 7: The Meghalaya cabinet has approved the proposal to amend certain rules of the Assam police manual for effective implementation of the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) in the state.

Meghalaya, which became a full-fledged state carved out of Assam in 1972, is still following the police manual of the neighbouring state till date.

Briefing reporters after the first cabinet meeting of the year at the secretariat here today, chief minister Mukul Sangma said there was a need to amend the relevant portion of the Assam police manual so that the state can effectively implement the CCTNS project.

The project, initiated by the Union ministry of home affairs, is to be implemented in various states of the country. It aims at creating a comprehensive and integrated system to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of policing at the police station-level through adoption of principles of e-governance and creation of a nationwide networked infrastructure for evolution of IT-enabled state-of-the-art tracking system.

The broad objectives of the project are streamlining investigation and prosecution processes, strengthening of intelligence-gathering machinery, improved public delivery system and citizen-friendly interface, nationwide sharing of information across on crime and criminals and improving efficiency and effectiveness of police functioning.

The programme, conceived as a mission-mode project, is fully sponsored by the central government under the national e-governance programme.

The cabinet also approved the proposal to give remuneration to members of the Meghalaya Police Accountability Commission constituted according to the provisions of the Meghalaya Police Act, 2010.

The cabinet has decided to recommend it to governor K.K. Paul for getting his assent on the proposed amendment rules related to delimiting of constituencies in Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council (JHADC).

Another cabinet meeting will be held tomorrow at 11am to dispose of pending agenda. These include like fixing of dates for the forthcoming elections to the three autonomous district councils, amendment rules on re-alignment of constituencies in the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) and the proposal to extend the tenure of the councils.