Posted by: V K Singh | April 18, 2010

Modernisation Of Law Enforcement Of India

This is a “featured column” by Mr. Praveen Dalal, Managing Partner of Perry4Law and leading techno-legal expert of India. The same is posted here with his kind approval.

No time in the history of India we needed modernisation of police forces of India than now. Fortunately, there is no dearth of financial resources as even the proposed 2010 budget has provided reasonably good amount for the same. It does not mean that Indian police force would be modernised and made more efficient immediately. Even there is no guarantee of the same for the next five years till these promises are supported by a political will to execute the same.

The indications are positive and so may be the outcomes. The need of the hour is to purse the commitment till the same is accomplished. Many crucial projects in India have failed because though they were started with the right planning and commitment yet till the end neither planning nor commitment survived.

India cannot afford to adopt this lax strategy at this crucial period of time when cyber crimes, terrorism, organised crimes, trans border crimes, white collar crimes, etc are plaguing India. With the active use of technology, these crimes have further been made difficult to trace as well as to be prosecuted.

At this stage it would be imperative to mention the importance of suitable training to law enforcement manpower. The ambitious projects like Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS), NATGRID, Unique Identification Project of India (UID Project), etc cannot survive in the long run in the absence of suitable policies, trainings and legal framework..

Equally important are the issues of legal empowerment of law enforcement machinery in India. India is negligent in formulating good laws governing the law enforcement machinery. In the absence of good legislative provisions, the performance of police force cannot be expected to be good. Similarly, political interferences in the day to day functioning of police forces in India must be minimised.

The Parliament of India is in session currently (April 2010) and we can expect some good legislative steps by it. A good law bringing transparency, accountability, flexibility and autonomy to police forces in India is the urgent need of the hour.



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