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Special Branch rolls out online police clearance certificates

No more queues:Now, an applicant would just have to log on to pcs.mahaonline.gov.in and fill in an online application for a Police Control Certificate.  

The Police Clearance Certificate, an important document that usually takes about two to three months to be issued, will now be issued within eight to 10 days. The Special Branch (SB) of the Mumbai Police on Thursday took the entire process online, another step to take the Mumbai Police into the digital age. The system became operational on Thursday and the first certificate was issued by Mumbai Police Commissioner D.D. Padsalgikar in the evening.

Police Clearance Certificates are issued after due verification by the local police and the SB. The certificates are needed by people who wish to work abroad, or gain employment on a contract basis.

The move was announced a day after Mr. Padsalgikar announced that daily police notices and profiles of policemen would be uploaded on a central server. Routine communications between police officers will also be shared on an intranet system and no longer sent manually in printed format. Additional Commissioner of Police (Central region) R.D. Shinde, who holds temporary charge of the SB, said: “Earlier, applicants had to come to the SB headquarters in south Mumbai to apply for a certificate. The application would then be forwarded to the police station concerned. The police station would then verify the details of the applicant. After this, the applicant would once again report at the SB headquarters to obtain the certificate. The entire process would take around two to three months. The application and the verification process would also take a month’s time.”

Officials said now the applicant would have to log on to pcs.mahaonline.gov.in and fill in an online application for a Police Control Certificate. The application will be immediately forwarded to the police station concerned. The police station will be liable to verify the applicant’s documents or visit their house to crosscheck the address within two to three days and send a report to the SB. The certificate will be soon generated and the applicant can download it from the website. Deputy Commissioner of Police Ankush Shinde, SB, said: “We have been working on the initiative for two to three months. We worked out this system after talking to scores of applicants who come to the SB office every day. We would ask them about the time consumed as well as the expense incurred in making frequent visits for these certificates. On an average, the SB issues around 80,000 Police Clearance Certificates every year. This move will significantly cut down the time and expenses for applicants.”

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