Satyasundar Barik

From obtaining FIR copy to tracking progress of a case, it's going to be hassle-free

BHUBANESWAR: Gone are the days when one would seek a copy of a first information report (FIR) from the personnel in police stations with nervousness. An ambitious project is being taken up to install computers in every police station by which a common man can file his complaint and can get a copy of the FIR `instantly'.

Over 40 police stations in the State were going to have innovative software, Common Integrated Police Application (CIPA), by the first week of March, a highly placed source said.

The nationwide project being implemented by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the State Government is likely to see computerisation of 140 police stations by the month of May and all police stations within a two-year period. The State has a total 450 police stations across 30 districts.

An applicant would now be able to track the progress of his case right from the registration of FIR to investigation and prosecution stages.

These police stations would gradually be linked with district and state police headquarters, sources said.

Details of the project were discussed at a workshop attended by top hierarchy of the State police, including Home Secretary Tarun Kanti Mishra and DGP Amarananda Pattnayak on Wednesday here.

NIC training

National Informatics Centre (NIC), New Delhi, which conceptualised the programme, prescribed rigorous IT training for staff of police stations as well as orientation programmes for citizens to make the project a success. As part of the package, the NIC would send its experts to police stations to assist personnel who have low IT skills.

The project is aimed at building an information mechanism in a planned manner from police station level to provide the source for evolution of crime and crime information system basing on CrPC, which is uniform across the country. With the empowerment of public with IT tools, the project would help increase transparency and also minimise manipulation, a top official said.

Sources said the State police were planning to kick-start the project from Puri, Cuttack, Angul and Khurda districts .