Delhi

Kejriwal rips apart L-G panel’s suggestions on CCTV project

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tears a copy of the report by the L-G committee on CCTV cameras, during an event at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium on Sunday.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tears a copy of the report by the L-G committee on CCTV cameras, during an event at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium on Sunday.  

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Slams committee’s recommendation that permission from police must be sought before installing CCTVs in public spaces

Escalating the tussle with the Lieutenant-Governor over installation of CCTV cameras in the Capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday tore a copy of the report by a committee that was constituted by L-G Anil Baijal to come up with guidelines for installation and monitoring of surveillance cameras.

One of the suggestions of the panel was that prior permission from the police must be sought before installing CCTVs in public spaces.

Speaking at an interaction session with representatives of Resident Welfare Associations and Market Associations over installation of CCTV cameras, at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium, Mr. Kejriwal claimed that the Centre and the L-G were resisting his government’s effort to install over 1.5 lakh CCTV cameras.

Mr. Kejriwal said the draft report ‘Delhi Rules for Regulation of CCTVs Systems, 2018’ was prepared by a panels whose members were police personnel. This, he said, is just another pretext for the police to demand money in lieu of giving license.

L-G office refutes claims

He further said that even if locals installed CCTV cameras using their own money, a licence from the police would be mandatory.

In a statement rebutting the claims made by Mr. Kejriwal, the L-G office said: “Some misconception is being spread about the draft rules”. “It is reiterated that the draft rules put up for public suggestions have only prescribed a reporting mechanism for CCTVs and not a licensing mechanism,” the statement said.

It further said that more than two lakh cameras have already been installed in the city without coordination, “which highlights the need for a proper framework and information mechanism so that all CCTVs in public places work optimally with a common objective of women safety, prevention and investigation of crimes and balance the same with the need to protect privacy”.

The event was attended by a large number of women and girls. Delhi Commission for Women Chief Swati Maliwal said that Delhi is the ‘rape Capital of the world’ and that crime is “increasing every day”.

She said Delhi is witnessing six rapes every day and added that installation of CCTV cameras would help instil fear in criminals and lead to a decrease in crimes.

The DCW chief appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mr. Baijal to not politicise the issue of women safety and cooperate with the Delhi government to install CCTV cameras in the city.

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