The Government of Gujarat launched its most ambitious information technology project eGujCop. It is system which will connect all of Gujarat Police’s 1,000 police stations and other departments with the Home Department through the electronic platform. Chief Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the project at Bhaskarcharya Institute for Space Sciences and Geo-Informatics (BISAG) in Gandhinagar.
The programme, running under the Information Technology Enabled System (ITES), has been designed to bring a simple, fast, transparent and effective connection between the police departments converting the procedures online through a specially designed database.
“The project, established at a cost of Rs 150 crore, has been acknowledged by the Centre as a successful model. The project will bring a paradigm shift in the functioning of the police department, reducing their workload through the e-Document system. In a way, eGujCop could prove more effective than even AK-47.”as said by Narendra Modi.
The system links over 1,000 physical entities, including police stations, jails, home guards, the forensic science lab, the Prohibition and Anti-Corruption Bureau, with data about police and other security personnel, as well as a databank of criminals. Modi also said the technology should instill fear among the criminals. It should also strengthen the morale of the police force.
According to Additional Chief Secretary (Home) S K Nanda, “The eGujCop Project would function in three stages beginning with the conversion of database and records into e-files. The project will later head to converting the FIR into e-FIRs, when police officers will lodge complaints directly on the computer and begin investigation.
“This advanced system would facilitate and expedite investigations and hence reduce crime rate eventually,” he added. “It will bring transparency in registration of cases,” Nanda added.