In a move that is expected to minimise allegations of corruption or red-tapism, the processing of applications for police licences has been made online.
In the first phase, the facility would be available in Tiruvallur, Ariyalur, Sivaganga and Coimbatore (City).
The Crime and Criminal Tracking Network Systems (CCTNS) launched by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa here on Wednesday would enable people to download forms pertaining to various police licences from the CCTNS portal linked to the websitewww.tnpolice.gov.in.
The police issue licences for guns, gymnasiums, browsing centres and video libraries. The Rs. 113.24-crore project that covers 2,899 locations, including 1,482 police stations in Tamil Nadu, has been developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC) and is part of the ongoing e-governance initiative of the State government.
Besides instant update and sharing of data by integrating police stations and other law-enforcing establishments, the facility also provides for the public to lodge complaints, check the action taken on their complaints and communicate with police at different levels. There is a separate link for complaints of missing mobile phones.
“The user-friendly portal has some crime-prevention tips. People can go through the advisory to understand certain aspects involved in land grabbing, vehicle thefts and safety of elders and road accidents. The portal serves as a platform for the public to provide information to the police,” Additional Director-General of Police (State Crime Records Bureau) Ashish Bengra said.