Maharashtra to be the first state to introduce a digital biometric criminal database

AMBIS will be implemented across all police stations in Maharashtra. (Source: India Today)
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Aditi Shekar

To aid police investigations, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray will unveil a digital fingerprint and iris scanning technology for the criminal database. There are 6. 5 lakh people with criminal records in the database.

AMBIS stands for Automated Multimodal Biometric Identification System, and it is a one-of-a-kind data digitalization programme. The under-trial and convicts specific data is at an estimated 6.5 lakhs which is validated by fingerprint experts. According to a top administrator quoted in a Times of India report, it will speed up the process of tracking down offenders, making it “lightning fast.”. The government authorised a 53.6 crore proposal for the project five years ago.

The data will be available in police stations all across the state and other agencies involved in crime detection. That task of executing the plan was given to a private manner for professional work in the project.“it will be possible for law-enforcing agencies to quickly trace the history of a crime suspect..”, he elaborated. The grant for the project was granted when Devendra Fadnavis was the Chief Minister of the state in November of 2016.

The bureaucrat also mentioned that this will be implemented in police units and training centres. Instructions have been given to IPS officers and high-level committees are appointed for coordination at the state level for the implementation of the system. The software data centre has been set up at BSNL’s Ahmedabad centre with a disaster recovery site as well. The training has been imparted to 2,600 officers to effectively utilize the system. 

According to the bureaucrat, a live run and go-live certificate has been successfully provided by the state police. The government is now awaiting the high powered committee to provide the same for bringing the plan into action. 

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