No police verification for new passports: All you need to know

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The physical police verification for getting a passport may soon be dispensed with as the Centre plans to connect the procedure with Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems Project (CCTNS), a project first conceptualised by the UPA government in 2009

With the implementation of CCTNS, the manual process of police verification could be simplified with just a few clicks. Also, the old process which resulted in bribing the local police officers when they come to verify the address and identity will come to a halt.

As per the Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi said the CCTNS, an exhaustive national database of crimes and criminals were expected to be linked with the passport service of the External Affairs Ministry. CCTNS will check the past history and background of the applicants with a single click.

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“Police in some states are already using CCTNS for passport credentials. Police will be given handheld devices to go to an applicant’s address and his or her details will be uploaded to the network. It will minimise contact of an individual with police and reduce time (for getting a passport),” Mr Mehrishi told reporters.

After Home Minister Rajnath Singh launched the CCTNS project, which will connect all the 15,398 police stations of the county, Mr. Mehrishi said the CCTNS had been expanded for further use by incorporating citizen-centric services like – tenant verification, which could be done with the consent of the person being verified, connecting the network with criminal justice delivery system and quick registration of FIR in any crime.

Adding about the safety of the database, the Home Secretary said “chances of database hacking were always there, but enough provisions have been made to safeguard the same and National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre had been employed for the task.

The Home Minister said the digital police would facilitate citizens to register complaints online and request for background verifications with just a few clicks. “The police portal will give 11 searches and 46 reports from the national database for state police and central investigation agencies. Central investigating and research agencies have also been provided logins to the digital police database to access crime statistics,” Mr Singh said.

Mr Singh said the CCTNS has resulted in 13,777 police stations out of 15,398 to register 100% data into the software. He said so far, 7 crore data records related to past and current criminal cases is already there in the CCTNS national database. The project will make it possible to link to 15,398 police stations and 5,000 offices of supervisory police officers across the country.

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